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.