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playground safety standards may keep some halifax-area kids off equipment when school starts

by:KK INFLATABLE      2020-06-19
HALIFAX—Some Halifax-
District primary school students enrolled in September may find that due to safety concerns, they will not be able to use school playground equipment until January.
Parents of the Basinview Drive Community School in Bedford were told in a recently released June newsletter that the Halifax Regional Education Center (HRCE)
Risks received-
Suggestions on the management of playground equipment for school properties.
According to the newsletter, there are two security associations in Canada (CSA)
Standard for outdoor amusement equipment.
The first is children between the ages of 18 and 5, and the second is children between the ages of 5 and 12.
\"At Basinview elementary school, we did not have CSA approved equipment for 18 months to 5 years.
Therefore, we cannot allow students under the age of 5 to use playground equipment designed for children under the age of 5
The newsletter states: \"12 years old.
\"In September, we will make a playground use plan for primary school students.
We will communicate the plan to the parents/guardians.
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Last fall, with the introduction of pre-school education in the province, playground equipment approved by primary schools was exposed
Doug Haidley, spokesman for the Halifax Regional Education Center, pointed out that this is a junior program.
He also said that the initiative was not linked to the plan, but rather a security issue.
\"Now that we know, we have advised our principal that any child under the age of 5 should not use CSA from next year-
\"The approval age is between 5 and 12 years old,\" Dudley said in an email . \".
In order to be eligible to register for primary school grade, children must be at least five years of age on or before December. 31.
The opening ceremony on September means that there are many pupils under the age of five each fall, and the challenge will be how to keep them away from equipment.
\"The way it is managed may vary from school to school.
Some schools may have January.
\"It is planned to allow all grade pupils to use playground equipment when ensuring that all students are five years old,\" said Hadley . \".
\"Other people may choose to do something different.
What the principal must guarantee is that students can only obtain equipment certified for their age group.
Hadley says children under five have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a safe and fun outdoor gaming experience at school that doesn\'t involve playground equipment.
\"We can understand that this may disappoint some families and children, but it is our responsibility to ensure that students are safe at all times when we take care of them,\" he said . \".
\"This includes the use of age-appropriate equipment only, whether on the playground or in the classroom.
\"Yvette d\'Entremont is Halifax-
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