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Personal Safety and Injury Prevention in Schools

Unintentional Injuries are the number one cause of hospitalization and death for school aged children. Supervision, setting rules and recognizing children’s developmental stages are key to reducing common school injuries.

The most effective way for school communities to ensure the best possible outcomes in support of children and youth, is to use a comprehensive approach.  Comprehensive School Health is an internationally recognized framework. The Ontario Ministry of Education supports this comprehensive approach with Foundations for a Healthy School which suggests that schools implement activities under the following five components in order to effectively address a health-related topic (e.g. promoting safety and preventing injury):

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Offering a wide range of opportunities for students to learn, practice and promote positive and healthy behaviours. Visit our Educators pages for more information, lesson plans, curriculum supports and resources to support classroom teaching related to Personal Safety and Injury Prevention:

  • For Elementary Educators 
  • For Secondary Educators 
  • To support staff development, consider workshops, conferences or inviting field experts to speak at a professional development day about this topic.   

School and Classroom Leadership

School and classroom leadership focuses on creating a positive classroom and school environment by identifying shared goals and priorities that are responsive to the needs of the school community.

The following is an example of a strategy that could assist you in promoting school and classroom leadership:

  • Encourage school staff to role-model safety practices for students.       

Student Engagement

Student engagement refers to the extent to which students identify with and value their learning; feel a sense of belonging at school; and are informed about, engaged with and empowered to participate in and lead academic and non-academic activities.

The following is an example of a strategy that could assist you in promoting student engagement:

  • Include students in planning school wide initiatives for Bullying Awareness and Prevention week in November.  

Social and Physical Environments

Healthy, safe and caring social and physical environments support learning and contribute to the positive cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development of students.

The following is an example of a strategy that could assist you in promoting supportive social and physical environments:

  • Create and promote a no-idling zone in the school driveway and parking lot.

Home, School and Community Partnerships

Home, school and community partnerships engage parents, extended family, school staff, child care and family support programs and community groups in a mutually beneficial way to support, enhance and promote opportunities for learning and well-being. Community partners provide consultation, resources and services to support staff, students, and families.  For more information about community partners click on our Community Partnerships page. 

The following are examples of strategies that could assist you in promoting home, school and community partnerships at your school:

Additional Resources

Have additional questions?

Contact Health Connection:  705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or email.

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

If you would like assistance in developing an action plan for safety, contact your SMDHU Healthy Schools public health nurse through Health Connection by calling 705-721-7520 1-877-721-7520.

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