improving playground safety

knowledge, understanding, and accountability!


About the Course 


About the Instructor

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Playground Supervision and Responsibility course is presented by Peaceful Playgrounds and  is designed to introduce administrators, teachers, and playground supervisors to the responsibilities and techniques associated with keeping children safe on a playground. Upon completion you will receive a certificate for professional development hours.

You may enroll in the course with S&S Worldwide Online Learning for $99.

Course Goals:

1. To train you to become a better playground supervisor so that you better understand your role and 

      responsibility in keeping children safe on the playground.

2. Understand your responsibilities before, during, after recess and supervision zones and how they

      contribute to student safety.

3. Understand how to deal with behavior problems on the playground.

4. Understand your role and legal responsibilities in keeping children safe on the playground.

5. Understand hazards and a supervisor’s responsibility in maintaining a safe playground.

Course Description:

The course is divided into 5 areas:

Injuries:   Definition of injury, the definition of accident, where children are injured, type of activities that cause serious injury, playground laws and regulations, surfacing and injuries, Consumer Product Safety Guidelines, injury prevention tips, and when to intervene.

Supervision:   Supervision zones, before recess responsibilities, during recess responsibilities, after recess responsibilities, and supervision tips.

Dealing with behavior problems:   Procedures to follow, respectful intervention and redirection, resources and unsafe behaviors.

Legal Liability:   Definition of Standard of Care, tips for reducing liability, General Standard of Care, inappropriate games and activities, and how to limit your liability.

Hazards:   Surfacing, public use, maintenance, and inspections.

Learning Materials:

The following learning materials are available for download within various sections of the course:

​• Playground Report Form
• Public Playground Safety Tips
• Public Playground Safety Handbook
• Playground Maintenance Checklist
• Playground Liability Article
• Student Injury Report Form
• Student Injury Report Form Instructions


Peaceful Playgrounds. (2015-2017). Retrieved July 22, 2018, from

200,000 children per year are injured on public playgrounds
Schools have legal responsibility to keep kids safe.
Well trained supervisors can reduce the number of playground injuries.

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from U.C.L.A.  She has a MS and BS in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton. She holds a K-12 teaching credential in Kinesiology and Health. She holds a K-16 Administrator Clear Credential from UCLA. 

Dr. Bossenmeyer taught for 27 years at public, private schools, and universities.  She was a site principal and County Office Administrator as Director of Professional Development.

She is an expert witness in cases involving supervision and injuries on playgrounds in school settings.

She has authored 5 books on playgrounds and physical education.  She has served on a variety of National Committees and State Boards on playgrounds and physical education.​​​​​​​​​​​​