The third and fourth graders at Bakersfield Christian School couldn't wait for the annual hayride and campfire. The event had always gone smoothly, and students and staff had no reason to expect anything less this year.
After roasting hotdogs and playing a few organized games, the children took turns riding a hay wagon around the farm. The 25 children waiting their turn entertained themselves with an impromptu game of hide-and-seek. Unable to keep close tabs on all the children, the single staff member in charge didn't see the two children who dashed across the country road—until the sound of screeching tires brought the activity to a sobering end.
Although the children in this case survived, their injuries were serious. While there's no guarantee that even a well-planned and well-supervised event will go off without a hitch, you can establish guidelines that emphasize safety and common sense.
Provide an adequate number of supervisors for the type of activity and the age and number of participants. Events involving more risk or younger children require more supervision.
Provide an adequate number of supervisors for the type of activity and the age and number of participants. Events involving more risk or younger children require more supervision. Some states also require that state-licensed day care facilities meet a particular supervisor-to-child ratio. Check with a local attorney if you're not sure about the requirements in your state.
Proper supervision of church-sponsored activities is essential to protect your organization and its members. Following these guidelines can help your church or ministry continue to offer rewarding activities while meeting your obligation to protect the people participating in those activities.
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