JJIF: Concussions

The Committee recognizes that head injuries sometimes occur during extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, interscholastic athletics, and that such injuries can have serious medical consequences for the injured student if appropriate and immediate actions are not taken. Furthermore, the Committee recognizes that the district must take actions that are inherently responsive to students’ health and well-being and in compliance with state law and regulation to reduce the likelihood and/or severity of head injuries.

The Head Injury Committee, composed of a school administrator, school nurse, school and/or team physician, athletic director, certified athletic trainer, guidance counselor, and teacher, will maintain, adhere to, and bi-annually review head injury procedures that address all elements required in state law and regulation including, but not limited to:

  • Responsibilities of the Athletic Director, coaches, athletic trainer, and school nurse
  • Maintenance of records
  • Documentation of physical examination consistent with 105 CMR 200.100(B)(3)
  • Review of medical information
  • Training requirements for students, parents, and coaches
  • Pre-participation requirements
  • How to identify a head injury or suspected concussion
  • How to report head injuries and to whom the report should be made
  • Parental notification of head injuries
  • Medical clearance protocol to resume participation after an injury
  • Conditions for exclusion from participation if necessary
  • Protocol for graduated reentry to the activity once medical clearance has been given

The Committee directs the Superintendent to designate the Athletic Director or other staff member with administrative authority and responsibility for implementation of the procedures developed by the Head Injury Committee. These procedures will be incorporated into the Middle School and High School Student Handbooks.

 

MSC first vote: 10/28/14
MSC second vote: 11/18/14