There were only seconds between when an E.A. was distracted by another student, and when 5-year-old Ahmed Elmmi went missing from a Saskatoon elementary school last fall, and was later found drowned in a nearby storm retention pond.
However, Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth, Corey O’Soup, concludes that the recess safety plan for the boy who had just recently been diagnosed with autism was not fully implemented, and communication to all staff was insufficient.
“No clearly developed safety protocols to mitigate water hazards risk that include teaching strategies. With better school and school division policies and practices which we have recommended and have believed staff will be more supported and have more clarity about managing difficult and high risk situations in the future.” said O’Soup.
Although there were safety protocols, O’Soup says they weren’t followed through in this case, because the boy wasn’t wearing a safety vest.