Image result for covid 19 iconCovid-19Protocols and practice for outdoor excursions

  • SD71 approves parent volunteers to assist on outdoor excursions – although it is highly encouraged to use a bus.
  • If parents are within 2 m of staff and students it is required they wear a mask
  • Parents must drive their own vehicle to meet classes at any off-site location
  • Parents can only drive their own child
  • Teachers can drive up to two students from their own cohort, masks on and windows ajar.
  • Students from the same cohort can ride a bus together
  • In accordance with public health regulations currently there is no more than 10 adults gathering at one time outdoors.

A) Day Hiking (normal risk)

Day hiking refers to walking with light daypacks, without the expectation of camping out overnight

B) Day Hiking & Backpacking (higher risk)

Day Hiking refers to walking with light daypacks, without the expectation of camping overnight. 

Backpacking refers to carrying the clothing, equipment and provisions the group needs to camp out one or more nights on the trail.

Related imageDay Hiking-Normal Risk-Safety Guidelines

Image result for yellow circle Simple terrain: few junctions, relatively short and gentle slopes, reasonably smooth trail surface

Image result for yellow circle Local: in the community (e.g., urban park, nearby regional park)

Image result for yellow circle Low inherent risk in the activity

Image result for yellow circle Minimal fitness required

Image result for yellow circle Clear boundaries for activity: hard to be lost for more than an hour

Image result for yellow circle Short duration: typically (but not always) less than a half-a-day in duration

Image result for yellow circle Near support services: e.g., buildings or vehicles accessible

Image result for yellow circle Close to emergency services: less than 20 minutes from EMS arrival on-site

Image result for yellow circle No specific teacher/leader qualification or certification required: an adult could implement the guidelines without specific technical training

Image result for yellow circle Minimal preparation time of students: an hour or less student prep needed

What do I need for Normal Risk Day Hikes?

  • Grade 3+ 
  • Form 260-01-Proposal for Normal Risk activity form – submit to school admin
  • Form 260-04– Parent/Guardian consent Normal Risk Activities
  • Letter to parents/guardians: Who / When / What / Where / Why / How
  • Reconnaissance trip to get familiar with specific site to best prepare for the day and your risk management plan.
  • Identify known potential risks
  • Prepare students:
    • Students are adequately prepared for the distance and weather (food, water, clothing). 
    • Extra support for students with high needs.
    • Medications, (ex. epi-pen, inhaler). 
  • Form 260-03 Teacher Check List

NOTE: When hiking with students, safety management approaches will vary somewhat depending on the age and maturity of the students.

Image result for hiking iconDay Hiking-Higher Risk-Safety Guidelines

Related image Complex terrain: multiple junctions, long steep climbs/descents, rough trail terrain

Related image Semi-remote to remote: out of the community (e.g., provincial park; wilderness area)

Related image Higher inherent risk in the activity

Related image Significant fitness required

Related image Lack of clear boundaries for activity: one could be lost for more than an hour

Related image Long duration: typically (but not always) a half-day to full day

Related image Support services not close: far from buildings and/or vehicles

Related image Not close to emergency services: more than 20 minutes from EMS arrival on-site

Related image Specific leadership training required: some specific technical and leadership training indicated

Related image Significant preparation time of students: more than an hour of student prep needed

What do I need for higher risk day hikes?

       Day Hiking  Grade 3+

      Overnight Backpacking  Grade 6+

      Extended Backpacking  Grade 7+

  • Form 260-05– Proposal for higher risk activities
  • Form 260-06- Parent Consent for Higher Risk Activities
  • Identify known potential risks 
  • Reconnaissance trip to get familiar with specific site to best prepare for the day and your risk management plan.
  • Letter to parents/guardians: Who / When / What / Where / Why / How
  • Prepare students:
    • Students are adequately prepared for the distance and weather (food, water, clothing). 
    • Extra support for students with high needs.
    • Medications, (ex. epi-pen, inhaler). 
  • Gear List & Tele communications
  • Form 260-07 Teacher Check List

NOTE: When hiking with students, safety management approaches will vary somewhat depending on the age and maturity of the students.