Introduction to Road Safety Resource

Why Teach Road Safety?

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death for children and youth in Ontario, and they are preventable. Road fatalities, injuries and trauma have enormous impacts on individuals, families and communities.

This Road Safety Resource is designed to help reach out to young people and provide the life-skills they need to be safe pedestrians, passengers, riders, and drivers to prevent collisions from happening in the first place. The resource content is for students from kindergarten to grade 12 and is divided into two main sections: guided lesson plans and toolkits for engaging the community.

Guided Lesson Plans

This section includes lesson plans with cross-curricular links to literacy, health and physical education as well as many expectations in other subject areas. Various themes (outlined below) related to road safety are integrated into the lessons.

Kindergarten to Grade 6

  • Pedestrian and railroad crossing safety
  • School bus and passenger safety
  • Biking, rollerblading and skateboarding safety

Lesson Plans: Kindergarten to Grade 3 | Grades 4-6

Grades 7 to 12

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Alcohol and drug-impaired driving
  • Technology and road safety
  • All-terrain vehicle safety

Lesson Plans: Grades 7 & 8 | Grades 9 -12

Community Engagement Toolkit

The resource also provides tools to assist in integrating the greater school community by offering:

  • Community-based project ideas with supporting references and documents for easy implementation
  • Marketing campaigns for schools and communities
  • Active, innovative and practical topics related to road safety
  • Full-day and week-long campaigns with a variety of activities, step-by-step instructions, checklists and ideas for community involvement
  • School-based learning programs and campaigns as well as community involvement are key elements of an integrated approach to reducing road-related injuries and fatalities.

Check out the Community Engagement Toolkit Section

A Healthy School Includes Road Safety

The Ministry of Education encourages practices that help schools and school boards, in partnership with the home and the community, create a learning environment that promotes child and student well-being. The goal of promoting well-being emphasizes the need to focus not just on academic success but also on the whole child – their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.

The revised Foundations for a Healthy School resource supports the integration of healthy schools policies, programs and initiatives into school and school board planning and implementation processes through five, interconnected areas:

  1. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  2. School and Classroom Leadership
  3. Student Engagement
  4. Social and Physical Environments
  5. Home, School and Community Partnerships

Physical Activity contributes to well-being and is part of a Healthy School. In the updated resource, sample strategies and activities related to Active Transportation are included in the Physical Activity section. For further information, please visit ontario.ca/healthyschools.

Background

The current Ontario Road Safety Resource was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea) and Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). This educational website was designed with the shared intention to provide principals, teachers, public health practitioners and community leaders with the materials to teach and promote road safety.


Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy, and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living.

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CAA South Central Ontario, as a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of 2 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.