STUDENT SPORTS – CONCUSSION AND HEAD INJURIES
The Board of Education recognizes that concussions and head injuries are commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and other recreational activities. The Board acknowledges the risk of catastrophic injuries or deaths are significant when a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated and managed.
The District will utilize protocols developed by the Connecticut Concussion Task Force, information promulgated by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAC), Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and other pertinent information and forms to inform and educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents and/or guardians of the nature and risk of concussions or head injuries, including the dangers associated with continuing to play after a concussion or head injury. Education of shall include training courses and annual review as may be required under law.
The District shall attempt to notify parents immediately, but no later than twenty four hours, after their child has been removed from an activity due to a suspected concussion. Prior to the student's return to activities following a suspected concussion, the parent/legal guardian must provide the District with written medical clearance.
The District will distribute a head injury and concussion information sheet to all parents/guardians of student participants in competitive sport activities each sport season. The parent/guardian and student must return a signed acknowledgement indicating that they have completed all education requirements set forth by the District provided before the student participates in any covered activity. This acknowledgement form must be returned and be on file with the District in order for the student to be allowed to practice or compete in the sports activity.
All coaches and athletic trainers will complete training pertaining to the District's brain injury or concussion education plan and procedures and shall bar a student from training and play who is concussed, diagnosed with a concussion or exhibiting signs and symptoms of a concussion.
The Superintendent or designee shall annually collect and report all occurrences of concussions to the State Board of Education.
Legal References: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-149c Student athletics and concussions.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-149e School districts to collect and report occurrences of concussions.
Litchfield Board of Education
Policy Adopted: 9/2/2010
Policy Revised: 1/21/2015, 9/16/2015