There are over 200,000 children injured on playgrounds each year in the United States. That is 16,666 per month, 555 per day or 9 per hour.  Of these, there are about 15 deaths per year.  Approximately 47% of all student accidents occurred at elementary school playgrounds.

The types of injuries that occur on playgrounds are:

1.  Falls from equipment

2.  Trips and falls

3.  Running into equipment

Please go to the following page for rules on other specialized types of rented play equipment (bounce houses, moon-walks, etc.):  Risk Management Programs


clip_image002Each playground should be inspected on a monthly basis in accordance with District Policy 2.382 Safety Awareness and Safety Committees.  Please use form PBSD 1363 as a worksheet when conducting your inspection.  The information must be entered into PeopleSoft to document that your inspection has been completed.  Instructions for completing form PBSD 1363 can be found by clicking here.  In the event you do not have PeopleSoft access your Principal can obtain access for you by completing form PBSD 2308 or another staff member, with access, can do the entering of information.  Work Orders should be submitted to Facility Services for each deficiency noted in the survey.

The District Risk and Safety Department is charged with conducting a thorough safety inspection of each playground on an annual basis.  This inspection will be conducted by or under the supervision of a Certified Playground Inspector


Do you have new teachers that would benefit from Playground Safety Training?  Do you have experienced teachers that need some refresher training?  Does your school age child care (SACC) staff need training?


Contact the Risk & Benefits Department at 434-8176 (PX 48176) to schedule your next Playground Safety Training class.


The Dirty Dozen:  12 Playground Hazards (from the National Playground Safety Institute)
1. Improper Protective Surfacing 7. Lack of Supervision
2. Inadequate Use Zone 8.
Age-Inappropriate Activities
3. Trip Hazards 9. Lack of Maintenance
4. Entrapment in Openings 10. Crush, Shearing and Sharp Edge Hazards
5. Insufficient Equipment Spacing 11. Platforms with No Guardrails
6. Protrusion & Entanglement Hazards 12. Equipment not Recommended for Public Playgrounds


What is good playground supervision?

  • Establish routines, rules of acceptable behavior, and duties of students at the beginning of the school year. These should be enforced throughout the year.
  • Sanction students for unsafe play or unacceptable behavior whenever it occurs.
  • Insure that students know how to properly use each piece of equipment.
  • Establish a "STOP" signal used to tell students to stop immediately and pay attention.
  • Be Visible. Circulate through the playground. Do Not stay stationary.
  • Keep eye contact with the students on the playground.
  • Do not read, correct papers, hold conversations or any other activity that will distract you from your students while on the playground.

 Know the Equipment - Know the Rules

Before taking your students to the playground, ensure that you know how to properly use each piece of equipment. If you’re not sure, contact the P.E. Teacher or the Safety Office to review the proper use of the equipment.

Each school should have playground rules that will be followed by all grades and on all playgrounds. Staff members should insure that they are familiar with these rules before any students are taken to the playground. If assistance is needed to set up playground rules, contact the safety office.


Recess Rules

1. Adults on recess duty must be visible to all children at all times. They must position themselves around the playground and avoid standing in clusters.
2. Once on the playground, children may not re-enter the building except when given permission.
3. Contact sports are not permitted.
4. Encourage children to actively play without pushing, shoving, punching, pulling or hitting other children.
5. "Gangs" of children are not permitted to march around the play area.
6. Jump ropes may be used only for jumping and not for playing tug-of-war and other games; they must never be taken on the slide.
7. Only soft type balls approved by the district are permitted on the playground.


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) –


American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)

National Recreation and Parks Association; National Playground Safety Institute 
– (certifies playground safety inspectors)