CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF GROUNDS AND OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT Policy Code: 9210
The board strives to make the physical grounds at each school campus a part of a safe, orderly and inviting educational environment. To further this goal, the principal will seek opportunities to involve staff, parents and students at that school in the decisions related to the school grounds and will make reasonable efforts to maintain the grounds and outdoor equipment in a manner consistent with board goals.
It is the policy of the board of education to maintain all playgrounds, playing fields, athletic fields, playground equipment and athletic equipment in a safe and proper condition to reasonably protect the health and safety of children, faculty and other school-related persons using such facilities. Each playground will meet ADA, Afterschool and other state and federal guidelines. Playground equipment will be included in the specifications of all new school construction.
Safety inspections will be conducted by a trained employee on all equipment and grounds two times a year; namely, prior to the beginning of school or by August 1, and on or before April 1, and at the time of these inspections, a written report will be made indicating the conditions of the grounds and equipment.
Any unsafe equipment or ground conditions will be isolated and not allowed to be used until corrections have been made and the property is deemed safe. Unsafe equipment or grounds will be reported by the principal or his or her designee first by telephone to the director of maintenance and then in writing. Once adequate repairs have been performed, the equipment and grounds may be placed into use by the school.
The board recognizes that chromated copper arsenate-treated wood ("arsenate-treated wood") has been found to pose health hazards to students and has been removed from the marketplace for residential uses. Thus, the board prohibits the purchase or acceptance of arsenate-treated wood for future use on school grounds. To the extent possible, the principal or his or her designee will ensure that existing arsenate-treated wood in playground equipment is sealed.
Legal References: G.S. 115C-12(33), -36, -47, -524
Cross References: Student Safety (policy 1510-4200-7270)
Revised: December 20, 2006; December 10, 2007, May 12, 2008