Concussion Management and Awareness Act
The Concussion Management and Awareness Act, specifically Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2011, requires the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Health, to promulgate rules and regulations related to students who sustain a concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), at school and at any district-sponsored event or related activity. These guidelines for return to school and certain school activities apply to all public school students who have sustained a concussion regardless of where the concussion occurred.
The law also requires that school coaches, physical education teachers, nurses, and certified athletic trainers complete a New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved course on concussions and concussion management every two years.
Finally, the law requires that students who sustained, or are suspected to have sustained, a concussion during athletic activities are to be immediately removed from such activities. Students may not return to athletic activities until they have been symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours ** and have been evaluated by, and receive written and signed authorization to return to activities from a licensed physician.
** VVS' Concussion Management Policy requires that the student be symptom free for 72 hours before being eligible to return to active play.
VVS' Board of Education Policy 7049 and Regulations 7049.1 through 7049.3 ensure compliance with this Act. Please find a copy of VVS' Concussion Management Protocol below.
The Act also requires that Concussion Management and Awareness information for parents be provided and posted on the school website. Please find links to this information below. Should you have any further questions, please contact the District's Athletic Director, Mr. James Burton, at 829-2520 extension 7457.
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