Ensuring Safety: Top Summer School and Camp Tips


Summer school and camp programs offer students unique opportunities for learning and growth during the warmer months. However, ensuring a safe and secure environment is crucial, particularly as temperatures rise and routines shift. In this article, we’ll explore essential summer school safety tips that schools and camps can implement to keep students cool, protected, and well-supervised throughout the summer session.

Temperature

  • Make sure air conditioning systems are well maintained and that staff are available to assist if any cooling situations arise.
  • Have preexisting contracts with HVAC providers to assist in an emergency.
  • Create a backup plan should the temperature exceed acceptable levels.

Supervision

  • Train staff to identify the signs of heat illnesses and how to provide appropriate medical assistance.
  • Check the temperature of playground equipment, especially climbing bars and slides before allowing students to use it to prevent skin burns.
  • Summer sports and band practice should be avoided during extreme heat. Plan practice schedules during the cooler part of the day and provide lots of water, shade, and breaks.
  • Make sure staff members are trained in CPR and have an AED available during outside summer practices. If possible, have medical personnel stationed at summer school campuses.

Transportation

Do not forget about summer school transportation safety:

  • Ensure that buses are well maintained so that vehicles do not overheat and breakdown, causing students to be exposed to elevated temperatures while waiting for assistance.
  • Prioritize the use of buses that have air conditioning in areas that experience extreme heat.
  • Consider having water available for students for longer routes.
  • Make sure that bus drivers ALWAYS visually inspect every row to ensure every student is off the bus at the end of every route.

Emergency Training

Since the summer school campus may not be the students or staff members home campus, they may be unfamiliar with the building layout. Be sure to conduct emergency drills at the beginning of each summer school session. Occupants will need to be trained in proper evacuation procedures, where to go during severe weather and how to shelter in place.

Safety is paramount during the summer school session, where high temperatures and new routines can introduce unique challenges. By maintaining temperature control, ensuring vigilant supervision, prioritizing transportation safety, and conducting thorough emergency training, schools and camps can create a secure and comfortable environment for all participants. Implementing these summer school safety tips not only protects students and staff but also ensures that summer learning and activities are both enjoyable and worry-free. Let’s commit to putting safety first and providing the best possible experience for our summer school and camp programs.

For more ways to keep your school safe, contact INSURICA today.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Schools should consult with legal professionals to address specific safety concerns and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.



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