How do the Manitoba Physical Activity Safety in School standards work? How do I use the Manitoba Physical Activity Safety in School standards?
All the information needed regarding an activity/sport will be on the specific activity pages. Begin by selecting either K - Grade 8 or Grades 9 -12 and then find the specific activity/sport from the drop-down menu. Depending on the activity/sport there may be curricular/intramural and/or interschool pages to choose from. The safety information may be different between curricular/intramural and interschool depending on the context of the activity/sport.
The Tools & Resources page provides users with sample forms, and specific information related to many activities/sports. In many cases, hyperlinks within the activity/sport pages will take you to pages within Tools & Resources.
Information specific to concussions can be found through the concussion link on the main MPASS page. Hyperlinks within each activity/sport page will also direct you to the concussion page.
Please Ask MPASS if you still have questions after searching for the appropriate information.
What should I do if I can't find an activity in MPASS?
When introducing an activity/sport that is not included in MPASS refer to the activity page it most resembles. If additional guidance is needed about which activity standards to follow and/or there are questions about the implication of those safety standards please Ask MPASS.
Use Modify the Safety Standards to submit a request for an activity/sport to be added to MPASS. Please include the rationale for the request and all relevant evidence and references (including any activity/sport-related policy). Submissions are accepted year-round however the MPASS committee meets annually in June to review submissions received prior to June 1. This provides time to create appropriate content and release edits for the following school year.
Do I need to follow the standards in Manitoba Physical Activity Safety in Schools?
Each school board is responsible for developing their own policies related to student safety and physical activity. Public school boards in Manitoba may raise the standards within Manitoba Physical Activity Safety in Schools but may not lower them. Ultimately, the primary responsibility for student safety rests with school boards. Teachers/coaches/intramural supervisors/school administrators must check school board policies to ensure they are in alignment with the higher standards should they exist.
What can I do if I don't agree with a current MPASS activity specific standard?
Should you believe that a specific activity page or portion of Manitoba Physical Activity Safety in Schools needs updating please submit a request for revision through the online form Modify the Safety Standards. Please include the rationale for the request and all relevant evidence and references (including any activity/sport-related policy). Submissions are accepted year-round however the MPASS committee meets annually in June to review submissions received prior to June 1. This provides time to create appropriate content and release edits for the following school year.
Are certifications not listed on the Outdoor Education activity pages permitted?
Certifications not listed on the MPASS Outdoor Education activity pages may be permitted provided that they are equivalent to, or exceed the currently listed certifications.
How do I determine the equivalency of my certifications?
Manitoba Physical Activity Safety in Schools will not assess individual certifications for equivalency. To determine the equivalency of certifications, individuals must determine that the course components (of their current certification) are equivalent to the course components of the certifications listed within MPASS.