ERIC Number: ED349645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Safety of School Playground Equipment. Report of the Department of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 26.
Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond. House.
Findings of a Virginia study to determine if a need exists for statewide standards to ensure the safety of school playgrounds are presented in this document. Data were derived from a literature review, document analysis, and two statewide surveys: one to all school division superintendents (75); and one to the principals of 54 elementary schools. Input was also elicited from consultants, professional and parent organizations, manufacturers, and physical education directors from other states. Information is provided about the types of playground equipment in use in Virginia elementary schools, the degree and types of playground injuries, playground safety initiatives in other states and organizations, primary manufacturers of playground equipment, federal standards, school division recommendations for statewide standards, and the implications of day-care licensing requirements for public school facilities. Recommendations are made to distribute information packets to all elementary schools, establish state guidelines, create separate play areas with appropriate equipment for various age groups, develop standard reporting forms and procedures, and provide financial assistance to school divisions. Appendices, the bulk of the document, include state legislation and requests for proposals, correspondence, the surveys and their findings, an ERIC literature search, a list of committee members, a safety checklist, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Handbooks of Public Safety." (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond. House.
Note: The last page of Appendix M is illegible and pages of several appendices may not reproduce well in paper copy. Appendix R was omitted from the document submitted to ERIC.