UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

1st Reading    

2/11/14

New

2nd Reading

3/11/14

Revised

 X

Approved

3/11/14

Substitute

 

Revised

2/11/2014

 

 

 

007.0635         CONCUSSION POLICY

 

REVISES POLICY 007.0635 CONCUSSION POLICY (LAST APPROVED 10/11/11)

 

1.0  PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

1.1  To provide a safe return to activities for all Uintah School District students following an injury, but particularly after a concussion.

1.2  To provide information to teachers, coaches, parents and athletes ensuring concussions are identified and treated, and that students who sustain a concussion are referred appropriately, receive follow-up medical treatment, and are fully recovered before returning to activities.

2.0  DEFINITIONS

2.1  “Concussion” means a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal function of the brain. It occurs when the brain is rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. A concussion can occur even if a player or student in an activity is not knocked out or does not lose consciousness.

3.0  Before any athlete will be allowed to participate, the athlete and custodial parent or lawful guardian shall sign and return a written ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HEAD INJURY POLICY Parent Consent Form.

4.0  All educators and extra-curricular coaches of the District will be trained in the protection of athletes with head injuries and should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of concussion.

5.0  Parents and students will be trained in the protection of athletes with head injuries during parent meetings at the beginning of each session.

5.1  In the event, a student receives a head injury, the parent/guardian or responsible individual will be given a list concussion symptoms which may require medical attention. The parent/guardian or responsible individual will sign acknowledgement of receiving the list.

5.1.1        The list of concussion symptoms will be reviewed annually by superintendent or designee.

6.0  All students in Physical Education Class will be trained in the protection of athletes with head injuries.

7.0  The teacher/coach is responsible for notifying the student’s parent(s) of a concussion or a suspected concussion.

8.0   In the event that a student’s parent(s) cannot be reached, and the student is able to be sent home (rather than directly to MD)

8.1  The teacher/coach should ensure that the student will be with a responsible individual, who is capable of monitoring the student and understanding the home care instructions, before allowing the student to go home.

8.2  The teacher/coach should continue efforts to reach the parent(s).

8.3  If there is any question about the status of the student, or if the student cannot be monitored appropriately, the student should be referred to an emergency department for evaluation.  A Uintah School District agent should accompany the student and remain with the student until a parent arrives.

8.4  Students with suspected head injuries should not be permitted to drive.

9.0  After a concussion or suspected concussion a student shall not participate in a sporting event until the student:

9.1  Is evaluated by a qualified health care provider; and

9.2  The health care provider provides the school with a written statement that:
      (1)   the health care provided is qualified (continuing education course); and
      (2)   the child is cleared to participate.