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Playground Supervision: Ten Tips for Improving Playground Safety

By Melinda Bossenmeyer,  Ed.D. Playground Supervision Serious accidents which occur in schools typically happen on the playground, and often playground supervision is a contributing factor.  In fact, approximately 200,000 accidents each year send children to the emergency room for treatment of an injury which occurred on the school playground. The following tips are designed to [...]

Discipline on the playground : A “how to” guide for supervisors

Discipline On the Playground Discipline on the playground is a challenge at most school sites.   Most schools, however,  strictly enforce classroom rules and procedures in order to maintain a safe classroom environment for students. When students go to the playground for recess, the classroom rules are not adequate for some playground behaviors. For this reason, [...]

Playground Liability: Accident or Injury

By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer Dr. Bossenmeyer is an expert witness on playground injury and playground supervision cases.  She is also a retired Elementary School  Principal. On average, 17 children die each year playing on playgrounds. Many deaths and injuries could be prevented if playgrounds - from equipment to surfacing to layout - were designed with safety [...]

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