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AP 261 - High Risk Activities


Horizon School Division strives to provide a safe and caring learning environment for all students and staff as one of the Division's three foundational goals. Horizon School Division recognizes that some activities of educational merit include inherent risk. The focus of Horizon School Division's Safety Guidelines for Student Activities, is to ensure that the benefits of all activities offered within Horizon School Division outweigh any potential risks. The Director of Education must approve student participation in all High Risk Activities.


1.  A complete list of High Risk Activities can be found in Appendix "A" of Horizon School Division's Safety Guidelines for Student Activities. These activities have been identified as high risk in nature and may occur as part of the school's curricular or extra-curricular programming. Any sport or activity not listed here, that may be considered a High Risk Activity, requires written permission from the Director of Education before participation in the activity.

2.  Principals, in consultation with school staff and School Community Councils, will identify all planned High Risk Activities at the beginning of each school year.

3.  AF 261 - High Risk Activity Annual Approval Form is to be submitted to the Director of Education for approval by September 15, annually.

4.  AF 261 - High Risk Activity Annual Informed Consent Form must be completed and signed by a parent or caregiver annually before student participation in any High Risk Activities. A copy of the informed consent form must be retained within each student's cumulative file until three years after the student turns twenty-two (22) in accordance with AP 185 – Records Retention and Disposal.

5.  An insurance certificate is to be obtained from any third party that will be organizing and/or supervising a High Risk Activity. A copy of this certificate must be submitted to the Director of Education, prior to the activity.

6.  The Activity Specific Safety Guidelines, contained in Appendix "C of Horizon School Division's Safety Guidelines for Student Activities are to be adhered to for all student activities.

7.  AP 260 – Educational Trips shall be referred to for activities that require curricular or extra-curricular travel and an AF 260 - Educational Trips Form submitted to the Superintendent of Learning Services, for approval.

8.  Principals are to ensure that any non-faculty coaches adhere to Horizon School Division's Administrative Procedure AP 496 – Non-Faculty Coach Applications.

9.  Concussion prevention and post-concussion protocols are crucial to student safety, please refer to AP 497 – Concussion Procedure for further information.

10.  Any injuries and accidents are to be handled in accordance with the school's accident response plan and reported as outlined in AP 531 – Accident Insurance on AF 531 – Accident Reporting Form and accident reports submitted to the Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO.

11.  All schools are to have an accident response plan that describes the actions to be taken when an injury or accident occurs. Having a plan and practicing it regularly reduces confusion if there is an injury or accident. This will help ensure that the injured person receives help quickly. Schools are to practice their accident response plan, with their classes, twice per year.

Reference:  Sections 85, 175, 179, 231, The Education Act, 1995
Horizon School Division's "Safety Guidelines for Student Activities"

March 24, 2011
Revised September 20, 2017
October 30, 2017