Students of the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) and Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) have been training and preparing for upcoming Elementary School Track and Field meets. ADSB’s Elementary City Track Meet is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017. The HSCDSB zone meets will be held June 6th and 7th and the Board finals June 13th at Queen Elizabeth Park in Sault Ste. Marie.
Both School Boards are committed to supporting athletic opportunities and physical activity while maintaining student safety as a priority. Following a review of the events and safety guidelines, it was noted that high jump has now been classified as a ‘high risk’ event through Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines, due to the potential risk of injury to students. Based on the information and guideline, the decision was made to no longer offer high jump at the elementary level of competition. While both School Boards appreciate the efforts of our elementary staff and volunteers who have, in the past, trained students for track and field events, it was felt that the changed classification and the need to maintain student safety as a priority means this event is best suited for development at the secondary level where there is greater access to trained staff and proper equipment at sites.
Director Lucia Reece shared her thoughts: “The decision to remove high jump at the elementary track and field level involved a number of factors. We recognize that some elementary students and even parents have had the opportunity to compete in the past, however based on the review of the safety guidelines set out by OPHEA and our own commitment to student safety, we felt it best to maintain high jump at the secondary level and to have our younger students compete in events that are most appropriate for their stage of development and which can showcase their abilities with less risk involved.”
“We are always cognizant of the health and safety of our students. Based on the safety guidelines OPHEA has provided, we decided that mitigating the risk our elementary students are exposed to in track and field is the best action to take at this time. We hope everyone understands the reasoning behind this decision, and wish all participants in the upcoming meets all the best,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, John Stadnyk.
High jump will continue to be an event held at the Secondary level.