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Injury Prevention Resources for Elementary Educators

Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any disease, and more youth than all other causes combined (Parachute 2022). Children may not fully appreciate the immediate consequences of their actions due to limited experience and judgment. While the actions of children can be unpredictable, injuries do not have to be. By taking the time to learn how injuries occur, creating safer spaces, and creating clear safety rules, educators have the ability to significantly reduce childhood injuries.
  • Ophea Teaching Tools – lesson plans, supplements and activities designed to reflect the requirements of the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum. Talk to your school Health and Physical Education Lead or Curriculum Consultant to find out if your school board subscribes.
  • Ontario Road Safety Resource – For kindergarten to Grade 12. This website houses Ontario’s road safety education resources developed in partnership between the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the OPHEA. Search these resources by grade level or topic to find division level information, cross-curricular lesson plans, and community engagement toolkits.

  • Parachute Canada Safety Programs – offers many programs designed to raise awareness of safety risk to reduce childhood injury, such as Brain Day, Helmet Programs, Smart Hockey, Safe Crossing (railway).
  • Jello brain and Helmet Egg drop are available, please contact your School Health public health nurse to learn how to access these resources
  • Active School Travel – Find out more about walking and cycling/wheeling to and from school.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines: Concussion Protocols – These protocols are available free to schools in Ontario. Includes three modules with curricular, interschool and intermural guidelines.
  • Parachute Canada Concussion Resources – This includes information about concussions and concussion guidelines.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines – This resource outlines the minimum standards for risk management practice and outlines the safe practices for activities in schools, in order to minimize the element of risk. Useful tool for teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches.
  • Young Cyclist's Guide (Elementary) and Cycling Skills (Secondary) resources include information for young cyclists about bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road. Students can review this information on their own or as part of a classroom assignment.
  • Booster Seat Safety – for information on safe transport of school aged children (Transport Canada). Visit this site to learn when a child can transition to a seat belt.

Please visit the HealthSTATS section of the health unit for data on injuries and prevention.

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