The importance of health and safety in the classroom, school environment and on school outings. Classroom
To ensure that children with mobility impairments don’t slip, trip or injure themselves in the classroom it is important to be aware of the following:
- Keep floor clutter to a minimum.
- Ensure that chairs are pushed in when children are not seated.
- Watch jagged edges and heights of benches/bookshelves/tables.
- Watch loose carpets and slippery surfaces. Bathrooms/Toilets
Many accidents happen in bathrooms and toilets, especially when children are left unattended. Keep this in mind:
- Watch for slippery floors, especially when wet.
- Ensure you have handrails at appropriate heights.
- Make sure that doors open the correct way and are spacious to allow for manageability of wheelchairs/crutches/walkers /etc.
- Make sure that there is a gap under the toilet door so that if children accidentally lock themselves in, or need help they don't get trapped.
- Ensure that children who require assistance with toileting are helped and not left alone. Outings/Transport
While outings, sporting and cultural activities are exciting for children, their safety should always be a priority:
- Ensure that all children are restrained while being transported. This includes ensuring that children who cannot transfer out of their wheelchairs are correctly and safely clamped in.
- No child should be allowed to stand while a vehicle is moving or hang out of a window.
- All assistive devices such as walkers, crutches, etc must be secured.
- There should always be sufficient numbers of adults both in the vehicle and assisting children getting on and off, as well as moving safely away from the road.
- Consider using a "buddy system" if there are not enough adults available where older/more responsible/able children are paired with those requiring more assistance.
- All parents need to be notified and give the school written permission before a child is allowed to leave the school grounds.
- Sunscreen, hats and enough water and fluids should always be available.