School staff have a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and welfare of themselves and others. This duty includes assessing and appropriately managing any and all foreseeable risks of an activity, both on and off school property.
The safety conditions outlined in the Activity Guidelines apply whether the activity is undertaken as part of school sport, school excursions, physical education lessons, or any other school event. It is recommended that these guidelines be adhered to unless otherwise advised by experts in the particular sport or activity.
Prior to engaging the services of a non-staff member, school staff must:
- ascertain their level of expertise or experience, qualifications, and training.
- ensure all child protection requirements are met.
- take overall responsibility for the supervision of students, regardless of the presence of other adult supervisors or volunteers.
- The teacher and service provider should discuss the purpose of the activity in relation to the program of studies or daily physical activity initiative goals and principles.
- Teacher should have a clear understanding of what the service provider will teach, how they will teach it and what safety concerns relate to the instruction.
- Service providers should be familiar with the Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity in Alberta Schools document and its relevant sections.
- Service providers contracted to provide instruction must have appropriate certification.
- Instructors should be trained to the standards recommended by their respective sport association of Alberta or equivalent and hold valid, current liability insurance.
- Should a service provider request a waiver signed by parent, refer to your school district policy