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306 Student Supervision
BC Waldorf Schools commit to ensuring the safety of all students at all school events. This policy provides information, protocols and procedures to that end.
BC Waldorf Schools commit to supervising students in their care, according to this policy. This policy applies whether the students are on campus, on field trips during school days, or on an overnight school sanctioned event. Some BC Waldorf Schools provide supervision before and after school.
On Campus Supervision
BC Waldorf School faculty, staff, volunteer parents, or a combination of these will supervise students on campus. Supervision will cover the school property during the school day and all school breaks (i.e. recesses) and for some BC Waldorf Schools, a portion of time prior to school start time and after school ending time. BC Waldorf Schools will share school specific Student Supervision Protocols in Parent Handbooks.
BC Waldorf School’s will design their own unique field trips based on location, culture, programming, needs of the students, and teacher interest. Each school’s code of conduct is in effect for all students during all school events and students will be reminded of guidelines and expectations before embarking on any field trips. School specific procedures may contain provisions whereby students may be denied attendance from field trips if they are deemed to have behavioural concerns or present a potential safety risk. In such cases, arrangements shall be made for students not participating in the excursion, such as provision for appropriate and related schoolwork or experience, and alternate school supervision, if necessary.
Field trips at BC Waldorf Schools require school specific permission forms for every student who attends and will include details about provisions for medical needs should these apply. School field trip supervisors must have a cell phone or other communication device with them while on supervision duty.
Volunteer supervisors, including volunteer drivers, who will be alone with students for any length of time as a supervisor will have a Criminal Record Check on file at the school prior to embarking on any field trip.
Day field trips
The field trip Supervisor (teacher who organized the event) will ensure that there is adequate supervision based on the type of trip and the needs of the class. The Supervisor will submit a Field Trip Proposal Form to the Principal that provides a risk assessment of the trip as well as information about supervision. See Appendix for Risk Assessment Code Matrix.
Note: Volunteer Supervisors may include teachers, EA’s, other staff & parent volunteers.
Overnight field trips
School overnight field trips at BC Waldorf Schools often begin in Grade 3 and continue through to the end of the grades.
Supervisors (teachers who organize the event) will ensure adequate supervision plans based on the type of trip and the needs of the class. Supervisors will submit the Field Trip Approval Form as above. Overnight supervision will be considerate of the age and needs of the students and risk assessment. Once approved, overnight field trip details will be communicated to parents according to school specific procedures.
For students registered in BC Waldorf School Early Childhood Education programs, the minimum adult-to-student supervision ratio to be maintained at all times is set by the Child Care Licensing Regulation.
For all other students, the suggested adult to student supervision ratio should range from 1:10 to 1:15 and is dependent on inherent risk. This ratio is a general guideline and may vary, at the discretion of the Principal of a specific BC Waldorf School, depending on circumstances.
Provisions for Medical Issues
Students who require special consideration as a result of a physical or medical issue will be noted on the Field Trip Approval Form and provisions made. A Medication Permission Form is required for students requiring the administration of medication while on a school trip, including epi-pen for possible anaphylaxis response. School specific procedures will address the storage and transportation of any approved medications. Instructions on use will be provided by parents as part of the Medical Permission Form.
Please see the BC Waldorf Collective policy #201 entitled Anaphylaxis Policy for more information about this serious health concern.
Communications Management of Emergencies
It is possible that an emergency occurs while on a field trip. Major emergency management protocols are listed in the BC Waldorf Collective policy #204/403 entitled Emergency Management Policy. For the purpose of this policy, emergency management will include localized emergencies such as injury, allergic reaction, or severe breach in code of conduct. When these emergencies occur while on a BC Waldorf School field trip the Supervisor/Teacher becomes the Incident Commander and will direct other adult supervisors as needed. Actions a supervisor may take include but are not limited to the following:
If an event is deemed an emergency by the Supervisor, and after the immediate response, a call will be made to the Principal and to the student’s parents to inform them of the emergency. It may be necessary to arrange for the parents to pick the child up from the field trip.
Following the emergency, as soon as possible, the supervisor will fill out an Incident Report Form that captures the nature and details of the emergency. The Incident Report Form will be shared with the parents of the student(s) involved in the emergency as well as stored at the school. Parents will be invited to ask questions and review the Incident Report with the Principal and/or Supervisor.
Risk Assessment Code Matrix:
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