This is not a joke!
Toronto Catholic school St. Luke, an elementary institution located at Ossington and Dundas, has banned tag and other games involving physical interaction from recess.
Catholic board spokesperson John Yan said that some students were caught playing a very aggressive version of tag, where kids were “running over other kids. It was tag, but it was a rough form of tag.”
The play area in the schoolyard is small – just over half an acre for 250 children. There are prisons with more open space.
A few kids were being injured every recess. The school reports that some gbled!
Students are only allowed to play “ball tag” using a soft foam ball.
Soccer is permitted, but students must use a soft rubber ball to prevent injury.
They’ve even gone so far as to hire a nurse from Toronto Public Health, who will meet with the school to discuss safer play on the playground and how kids can be taught to be safer when they play with others.
The program offered by Toronto Public Health teaches kids how to adapt games for schoolyards, and how to play at a walking pace, instead of running. The goal of the program is to increase physical activity.
Read the full report HERE in the Toronto Star.