Concussion Management for Sports Teams | Policy 7424

The Board of Education of the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District recognizes that concussions and head injuries are commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activity and can have serious consequences if not managed carefully. The purpose of this policy is to support the proper evaluation and management of head injuries. Physical education teachers, coaches, nurses and other appropriate staff will receive training to recognize the signs, symptoms and behaviors consistent with a concussion. Any student exhibiting those signs, symptoms or behaviors while participating in a school sponsored class, extracurricular activity, or interscholastic athletic activity shall be removed from the game or activity and be evaluated as soon as possible by an appropriate health care professional. The district will notify the student’s parents or guardians and recommend appropriate monitoring to parents or guardians. If a student sustains a concussion at a time other then when engaged in a school-sponsored activity, the district expects the parent/legal guardian to report the condition to the school nurse so that the district can support the appropriate management of the condition.

The student shall not return to school or activity until authorized to do so by the district physician. The school’s physician will make the final decision on return to activity including physical education class and after-school sports in writing. Any student who continues to have signs or symptoms upon return to activity must be removed from play and reevaluated by their health care provider. The Superintendent, in consultation with the athletic coordinator, school nurse, and the district physician, will follow protocols to guide the return to activity.

Adopted: 11/21/11