Preventing student injuries and creating greater safety awareness in our schools. That’s the goal of the ongoing Student Injury Prevention Initiative, a comprehensive program designed to help school boards plan their student safety responsibilities in a sustained, proactive and systematic way.
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Student Injury Prevention Initiative—or “SIPI”—was introduced by the Ministry in 2013. Its objective: help establish and maintain a culture of safety mindedness in all schools and school boards in the province.
Enacted in three distinct phases by CODE, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education, the initiative has gathered valuable information on current board policies, procedures and training activities related to safety mindedness and student injury prevention.
This data was collected through a series of surveys covering board general policies, procedures, and five specific curriculum areas in which school learning holds the potential for student safety risks:
· Board General SIPI related policies and procedures
· The Arts, including Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Media Arts and Integrated Arts
· Health and Physical Education
· Science and Technology
· Technological Education
A key component of the most recent phase of SIPI saw school boards preparing system-wide plans focusing on addressing student injury prevention in a sustained and proactive way.
Both the surveys and the board plans highlighted the many safety issues faced by boards when they develop system plans. Things like: putting in place an approval process for higher risk learning activities; providing adequate storage and ventilation for hazardous materials; safety procedures for stage sets, costumes, props and lighting in Arts programs; and ensuring full compliance with related legislative requirements, such as from the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
With these and other considerations in mind, this OSIP (Ontario Student Injury Prevention) “hub” has been created for the sharing of student injury prevention curriculum and system resources. Consider it a one-stop, inclusive destination for principals, supervisors, board safety leads, and others responsible for student safety in their schools.
While there are many important safety-related resources available online, identifying and sharing SIPI-related resources via a central and easily accessible online repository maximizes boards’ use of time and money while avoiding duplication.
How this site supports Student Injury Prevention
OSIP.ca provides some features users might expect to find, such as a detailed collection of web links to student safety partners — for example, the Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) and the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA). But it also offers much more than that.
Here you’ll find samples of board plans, policies and procedures that will aid in your own safety planning. Important news and updates. And video success stories of effective injury-prevention strategies in action.
For OSIP members only, there is even more.
Once registered, members can ask a question to an expert, share a resource, or join in a conversation on the moderated discussion forum.
Resources are categorized, curated and streamed by job title, keyword, or specific area of interest.
Members can sign up for special bulletins delivered right to their inbox, with updates on issues and responsibilities important to them.
Best of all, this is a true community, where information is shared, conversations can be joined, and resources acquired in a school board member-only environment.
So, welcome to Ontario Student Injury Prevention, where the focus is on helping administrators integrate student injury prevention into their policies, procedures, and everyday workflows.
Use the contact form, or speak to your student injury prevention board lead today to find out about joining the up-coming OSIP community and helping create a culture of safety mindedness in Ontario’s schools and school boards.