JJIF: HEAD INJURY MANAGEMENT

FILE: JJIF
 
The care and management of head injuries to Lexington Public Schools athletes, grades 6 through 12, participating in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and all other extracurricular athletic activities1 requires collaboration among families, school nurses, coaches, the athletic training staff, primary care physicians, consulting athletic and school physicians, athletic director, administrators, and school counselors.
 
Every student must submit proof of a current (administered within the last 13 months) physical examination and complete information on prior head injuries before participating in any school athletic activities.
 
Concussion training is required and must be documented annually for all athletic staff, school nurses, students participating in school athletic activities and their parents. This training is required of both students and their parent(s) prior to student participation in extracurricular athletic activities.
 
LPS student athletes must report all head injuries to the athletic training staff and school nurses for evaluation by them, whenever and wherever they occur. When head injuries are reported, LPS will provide educational materials about the care and treatment of concussions.
 
Subsequent to a head injury, a plan for return to play will be developed by the athletic trainer in coordination with physician recommendations. A plan for return to academics and physical activity will then be coordinated by the guidance counselor with the parent(s).
 
If a student, parent, or staff member fails to comply with school policy for head injury management, penalties may be implemented, including but not limited to personnel sanctions and forfeiture of games.
 
This policy shall be implemented by the superintendent or designee and will be reviewed every two years.
 
LEGAL REFS:
M.G.L. c. 111, §222 DPH, 105 CMR 201
 
1 Extracurricular Athletic Activity means an organized school sponsored athletic activity generally
occurring outside of school instructional hours under the direction of a coach, athletic director or
bandleader including but not limited to Alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding, baseball,
basketball, cheerleading, cross country track, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics,
horseback riding, ice hockey, lacrosse, marching band, rifle, rugby, soccer, skating, softball, squash,
swimming and diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo,
and wrestling. All interscholastic athletics are deemed to be extracurricular athletic activities. DPH,
CMR 201.005

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015
 
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