Head Injuries and Concussion Policy
The Lockport City School District, in compliance with current NYS regulations and guidelines, has developed policy and procedures regarding head injuries and concussion in children.
What is a concussion?
- A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Concussion results in a myriad of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or sleep related symptoms that may or may not involve a loss of consciousness. Duration of symptoms is variable and may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months, or years.
The Lockport City School District has a multidisciplinary concussion management team. Aligned with best practices for students and current regulations, our District has policy, procedures, and return to play protocols pertaining to concussion. Highlights include:
- Any student who is suspected of having a concussion will be immediately removed from any athletic activity (recess, gym class or sports) and remain out of athletic activities until
- evaluated and cleared to return to activity by a physician following District policy and procedure.
- Physical Education, nursing, and coaching personnel have received training regarding the management of head injuries and concussion, in compliance with current regulations.
- Prompt recognition, intervention, removal from activities, and referral of the individual with a concussion are desired outcomes of these regulations.
- Health personnel will assist students, families, and staff with monitoring the student’s progress and return to school activities.