If, upon proper investigation, defects are found to exist, the individual conducting the investigation shall immediately inform the building principal, director of operations or immediate supervisor in writing. Such steps that are necessary either to repair or to remove the defect shall be taken as soon as possible. Defects which will require expenditure of money shall be reported to the director of operations. Any defects not immediately removed, repaired or otherwise eliminated shall be blocked off with fences or other restraining devices.
Heating and Lighting
All furnaces, boilers and other mechanical equipment shall be periodically inspected to ensure maximum safety for students, district employees and patrons. All such devices shall meet minimum standards as regulated by state and federal agencies governing such items.
Equipment Safety Checks
Building principals shall ensure that playground safety checks are conducted on a regular basis. The Custodial coordinator shall check playground structures each week using the Custodial Coordinator Safety Check List (see EBB-R-5). Playground equipment shall also be spot-checked daily by playground personnel using the Playground Supervisor Safety Check List (see EBB-R-6). The Bimonthly Playground Report (see EBB-R-7) must be completed and signed by the custodial coordinator, signed by the building principal, and forwarded to the supervisor of maintenance.
“Playground Procedures and Safety Standards Report”
It is the responsibility of the building principal to ensure that all parts of the “Playground Procedures and Safety Standards Report,” as submitted by the District Playground Committee in January 1999 (see “Playgrounds” in the K-12 Procedures Manual), are carried out. The District Playground Committee will remain a standing committee and equipment recommendations must be submitted to this committee through the principal. PTAs, community groups, or others who have an interest in additional playground structures must work through the building principal. The District Playground Committee will meet whenever necessary to review building requests.
Final approval for playground purchases, installation of equipment, contracting of contractor, relocating and reinstallation of equipment, must be received from the director of operations, or his/her designee.
No new wood playground structures will be approved for purchase or installation as of June 3, 1999. This does not require the removal of current structures. However, careful, regular attention must be paid to current wood structures with regard to cracking, splintering, rotting and splitting. Wood structures must be treated annually to prevent decay. The material used to treat wood structures must be pre-approved by the director of operations or his/her designee.
At least one play structure, suitable for kindergarten through 5th grade children, shall be handicap-accessible on every playground. For any building where this is not currently true, it is recommended that the next structure purchased meet this requirement. Handicap-accessible means that a handicapped child can reasonably get to the piece of equipment in question from the school and parking area.
Safety Guidelines for Playground Supervisors
- Each building should prepare guidelines for the use of their playground equipment.
- Sufficient supervision shall be provided by establishing a written schedule. One supervisor per 50 students is recommended.
- Personnel with students outside of the building must be in possession of a walkie-talkie to ensure communication with the school office at all times.
- Supervisors should constantly observe play patterns to note possible hazards and suggest appropriate equipment or usage changes to the building principal.
- Special education students who are assigned a personal paraprofessional will only be allowed on the playground with their assigned paraprofessional.
- Playground supervisors must be notified of any self-contained students who will be using the playground with general education students. A brief description of the student and any pertinent information about the student should be shared with the playground supervisors at the time the student enrolls in the school.
Emergency Playground Procedures
In the event of a playground accident, the emergency procedures outlined in JGFG, Student Accidents, shall be followed.
If there is a severe weather watch, as reported on the Weather Alert Warning System, students must be removed from the playground.
Weather Alert Warning System
Each district building shall have a weather alert warning system, which must be kept in the “alert” position whenever the building is in operation.
Walkways must be kept clean of snow and ice and be maintained in a safe condition for pedestrian traffic at all times.
Fire, Tornado, and Lockdown/Shelter in Place Drills [Legal Ref. PA 187 of 2006, Sec. 19(1), (3), (4), (5)] (Rev. 1/14/10)
Fire drills, tornado drills, and lockdown/shelter in place drills shall be conducted as outlined in current law.
A minimum of six (6) fire drills at each school is required for each school year. If weather conditions do not permit fire drills to be held at least once a month, then at least four (4) fire drills shall be held in the fall of each year and two (2) fire drills shall be held during the remaining part of the school year.
A minimum of two (2) tornado drills and two (2) lockdown/shelter in place drills at each school are required for each school year.
Safety Glasses (Rev. 3/10/94)
Students’ and employees’ eyes shall be protected at all times in shop classes and secondary science classes with the use of safety glasses. Glasses for visitors shall be available at the building office.
Accident Reports (Forms added 4/98)
All accidents on district property shall be reported in writing on the appropriate accident report form (student, EBB-R-8; employee, EBB-R-9; citizen, EBB-R-10) to the business office and as otherwise noted on the form.
Holiday Decorations and Christmas Trees (Cf. IKC-R)
Displays of secular symbols and decorations (i.e., Christmas trees, wreaths, corn stalks, pumpkins, etc.) in observance of legal holidays are permitted in all district facilities. Listed below are the standards which shall be followed when using such displays and decorations:
- Live Christmas trees shall not be used or set up in any district facility. Artificial Christmas trees shall not be used or set up in any school buildings earlier than seven days prior to the winter recess.
- In school buildings, the locations of Christmas trees and other large displays shall be restricted to the following locations: auditorium, multi-purpose room, kindergarten rooms and gymnasium. Only one tree shall be used at any one location.
- No Christmas tree shall exceed eight feet in height.
- All Christmas trees must be dismantled within 24 hours after winter recess begins and removed from the building.
5 Under no circumstances shall Christmas trees or other displays be placed or set up in any hallway or corridor of any district facility or at any location that would in any way interfere with proper ingress and egress of students, personnel or visitors.
6. All trees and other displays shall be located in a remote area of the room or auditorium and kept away from all exits or aisle ways.
- The use of candles, paper or other flammable decorations, regardless of whether they are flameproof or not, is prohibited.
- Metallic trees and other displays, such as the aluminum alloy type, may be used in any room without restriction provided no electric lights or wiring are placed on or in contact with any part of the tree or display, and provided that item 7 is complied with.
Revised 3/10/94, 4/98, 5/7/98, 6/3/99, 1/14/10