Companion resource to OPASSE provides enhanced school safety considerations, tips, and tools.
The resources mentioned in this article are created by OSIP.ca safety partner OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association). OPHEA is the provincial leader in health and safety practices in physical and health education.
As with so many school activities during COVID-19, planning intramural events requires extra considerations to ensure that all students feel safe and included.
A good starting point is to review the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education (OPASSE), which represents the minimum standard for risk management practice in physical activity for school boards in Ontario and focuses on safe practices in order to minimize the element of risk.
Next, intramural event planners may want to explore the enhanced safety considerations specific to COVID-19 outlined in OPHEA’s COVID-19 Considerations for Intramural Activities.
According to OPHEA, this resource acts as a companion guide to OPASSE by providing “enhanced safety considerations specific to COVID-19 that support school boards/schools with maintaining the highest level of student safety during intramurals.”
Topics covered include:
- Planning strategies for intramural activities during COVID-19
- Awareness of risks associated with COVID-19 and intramurals
- Safely implementing protective measures for intramural events
With the environment for students participating in intramural activities changing due to increased policies and procedures related to COVID-19, the planning process to support a safe return to intramural programs will be particularly important. COVID-19 Considerations for Intramural Activities aims to provide enhanced safety considerations specific to COVID-19 for physical education and intramural activities.
Please note: OPHEA advises that its content related to COVID-19 and Physical Activity “is not prescriptive in nature, rather, it supports school boards and schools to consider potential risks, protective measures and risk treatment strategies associated with COVID-19 and a safe start of physical activity.”
The Association adds, “as the situation and context for school boards and schools evolves and policies and recommendations are updated, so too will this . . . information (which represents Ontario’s context as of September 2020).”
For more information, visit www.ontario.ca/page/operational-guidance-covid-19-management-schools.