Science and Physical Education Safety

  • Science and Physical Education Safety

    The district issues safety rules and guidance for students in Science, Physical Education and Technologies classes. Parents should be aware of the safety instructions their son/daughter will receive before engaging in any work or activity. No student will be permitted to perform activities unless the safety contract issued to each student with the safety rules is signed by both the student and parent/guardian and is on file with the teacher.   These measures are taken to insure the safety of children in the school setting.

    Please click on the link at the bottom of the page for the safety contract.


    The Kingston City School District
    Student Safety Contract (Deben ver los archivos relacionados a continuación para la versión de español.)

    Purpose – To all Students

    The following rules and regulations are extremely important to your safety in many areas of the school environment.  Your instructor will explain the rules as they apply to each classroom or program.  Please learn them.

    General School Safety Rules

    1. Listen to all instructions given by your instructor and follow them carefully.

    2. Proper behavior and attitude is imperative, both your safety and the safety of others depends on it.  There should not be any loud talking or horseplay in areas where machinery or chemicals are being stored or used.

    3. You must wear safety goggles when:
    a. Working with chemicals.
    b. Working with heat.
    c. Working with any type of grinding, cutting, soldering, etc.
    d. Instructed to do so by your teacher (e.g. dissection).

    4. Always use mitts or heat protective gloves when handling hot items.

    5. If you are in doubt about any procedure, ask your instructor.

    6. Make sure hands are washed after each project/experiment where chemicals are handled.

    7. Be very careful when operating electrical equipment:
    a. Working surfaces, equipment and your hands should not be wet.
    b. Check all cords and plugs to be sure they are in good condition.  Look for exposed or broken wire and insulation that may be in poor condition.
    c. If any equipment is not working properly, report it to the instructor.

    8. Know the location and use of all safety equipment (goggles, aprons, eyewash, fire blanket, fire extinguishers, lab shower, safety charts, etc.)

    9. Report all accidents (even minor ones) or unsafe equipment/situations to the instructor immediately.

    10. If a chemical gets into the eye, immediately flush the eye with a gentle stream of water from the eyewash.  Do this for 15 minutes.



    1. Read your laboratory assignments before coming to class.

    2. Perform only those experiments on which you have been instructed.

    3. It is your responsibility to take care of the lab equipment, use it only as instructed and report any damages to the teacher.

    4. Tie long hair back to prevent injury.

    5. Clean and dry your lab work area at the close of the lab period.  Return all equipment and materials to the proper place.

    6. When you are working with an open flame or heating materials never leave them unattended.

    7. Eating and drinking are prohibited in the laboratory.  Chemicals might contaminate your food and cause sickness.

    8. Wear your lab apron and/or proper footwear when instructed to do so.

    9. Set up the apparatus as far back on the lab table as conveniently possible so it will not tip onto the floor.

    10. Apparatus that can roll, such as thermometers, etc. should be placed on the table at right angles to the edge of the table to keep them from rolling onto the floor.

    11. Chipped or broken glassware should be disposed of in the proper place.

    12. After each experiment, clean your area as instructed.  Check the sinks to be sure liquids have been flushed down the drain and that there are NO solids sitting in the sink.

    13. Check with your instructor before disposing of chemical waste.

    14. Chemical spills:  If a chemical gets on you or your clothing, flush with lots of water.  Use the safety shower for extensive spills.

    15. Lubricate glass tubing or thermometers with glycerine or water before inserting them into rubber stoppers.  Use a cloth towel and grasp the tubing close to the stopper.

    16. Never reach across a flame.

    17. When heating any material in a test tube, keep the tube in constant motion and DO NOT point the mouth of the tube at any one.

    18. Never taste or touch any chemical unless instructed to do so.  Whenever you are asked to note the odor of a chemical, carefully waft the fumes towards your nose.  NEVER inhale the fumes directly from the container.

    19. Carefully read the label twice on any bottle prior to using it.  Many formulas and chemical names look very much alike; therefore confusing them could be dangerous.

    20. When diluting acids, always pour the acid slowly into the water and stir continuously.  Because acids are denser than water and because so much heat is released during mixing, the above procedures allow the heat to be spread throughout the entire solution instead of just at the interface between water and acid.

    21. Students are never permitted in the science storage rooms or preparation areas unless given specific permission by their instructor.

    22. Know what to do if there is a fire drill during a laboratory period; containers must be closed, gas valves turned off, fume hoods turned off, and any electrical equipment turned off.

    23. Handle all living organisms used in a laboratory activity in a humane manner. Preserved biological materials are to be treated with respect and disposed of properly.

    24. When using knives and other sharp instruments, always carry with tips and points pointing down and away. Always cut away from your body. Never try to catch falling sharp instruments. Grasp sharp instruments only by the handles.


    Physical Education and Sports Participation


    1. Students should wear clothing that is appropriate for the activity. Clothing should allow for freedom of movement as well as conform to the District Dress Code.

    1. Metal chains and loops on clothing are prohibited.
    2. Jewelry should be removed and secured in the student's locked locker.

    2. There is no use of an area or equipment unless there is supervision by an authorized adult.

    3. Equipment must be used as per the instructor's directions.

    1. Equipment must be put away when the activity is concluded and the area will be secured.
    2. No equipment should be removed from storage areas or offices without direct permission from an authorized adult.
    3. Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviors while engaged in equipment use as well as in all physical activity.
    4. Students are required to utilize spotters while working in the weight room.

    4. Proper behaviors are expected while using locker rooms.

    1. There will be no running in the locker room.
    2. Turn off water in showers after use.
    3. Report any spills that require clean-up to your teacher or coach.
    4. All valuable possessions should be secured in the student's locked locker.
    5. No recording is allowed in any locker room.

    5. Students should abide by all safety rules set forth by their teacher and/or coach.

    6. Recording is not allowed in the gym or other teaching areas without permission.

    7. Immediately report injuries and body fluid spills to an adult in charge.

    8. Only food or beverages associated with the activity will be allowed in the gymnasium.

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