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Risk taking is inherent in the teen years. Educators can teach youth the importance of taking smart risks and not crossing the ‘stupid line’ by following five simple, positive choices:  Buckle Up, Look First, Wear the Gear, Get Trained and Drive Sober. Teenagers are more likely to act impulsively and with gut instinct when faced with stressful or emotional decisions resulting in inexplicable behaviour and poor decision-making. Teens may not fully appreciate the immediate consequences of their actions. Educators play a key role in healthy student development.

Lesson Plans

  • Ontario Road Safety Resource – For Grades 9 to 12. This website houses Ontario’s road safety education resource developed in partnership between the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association. Search these resources by grade level or topic to find division level information, cross-curricular lesson plans, and community engagement toolkits.

Curriculum Supports

  • Drugs and Driving Teacher Resources – Suggested for Grades 10 to 12. The Centre for Addictions Research of BC website offers a fun way for youth to develop knowledge and skills related to the impact of alcohol and other drugs on driving as well as lesson plans which can be adapted to meet Ontario curriculum expectations.  
  • Parachute Canada Safety Programs – Parachute offers many programs across Canada that are designed to raise awareness of safety risk to reduce childhood injury. Some of the programs include: No Regrets, Smart Hockey, Project Gearshift (Distracted Driving). Electronic resources are available.

SMDHU Programs

The health unit also offers a variety of programs and services for secondary schools (PDF), covering a wide range of health-related topics.

Additional Resources

  • Ophea Safety Guidelines: Concussion Protocols – These newly released concussion protocols are available for free to (elementary and) secondary schools in Ontario, and include three modules each including curricular, interschool and intermural guidelines.
  • Parachute Canada Concussion Resources – This includes general information about concussions, concussion guidelines and information on returning to play, and additional information which may assist educators and coaches in recognizing and supporting students who have sustained a concussion.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines – This online resource outlines the minimum standards for risk management practice for School Boards. They outline the safe practices for every activity, in order to minimize the element of risk. Useful tool for teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches.
  • Cycling Skills – This is your guide to cycling safety. Whether you're new to cycling or you are an experienced cyclist, this guide contains important information, tips and techniques to make you a safe, confident rider.

Visit the child safety section of the health unit’s website for more information related to pedestrian, playground, helmet and home safety for children and youth.

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.

Staff at the health unit are currently reviewing recommended lesson plans and curriculum supports for educators to align with Ontario’s 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Please use your discretion in determining which lesson plans and curriculum supports to use in your classroom. Updated and new resources will be posted online as available. 

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