An expert panel has been created to advise the minister of education and early childhood development on the safety of sports in the province’s schools.
In a phone interview on Monday, Minister Zach Churchill said the inter-school sport safety review panel was created to help provide advice on ways in which to prevent and reduce injuries.
Minister Churchill say that members of the panel were selected by the department of education and early childhood development.
According to a release, medical experts and athlete representatives will look at strategies to promote safety and injury prevention, including head injuries, in school sports.
The 17-member panel is also made up of Nova Scotia chief medical officer Dr. Robert Strang and representatives from multiple provincial and national athletic organizations, including Stephen MacNeil, chair of the board of governors for the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF).
The NSSAF received intense public backlash in May when it announced the cancellation of high school rugby in the province after saying the sport would no longer be covered under its insurance policy.
After a week of petitions, negotiations and protests by students, the high school athletic federation and the provincial government agreed to allow Ruby Nova Scotia to manage the 2018-19 rugby season.
The panel has already met twice in the month of July and will be expected to meet another two times during the summer.
Minutes of the past two meetings are expected to be made available to the public by the end of the week. A report is expected by August 31.
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—With files from Alexander Quon