Administrative Procedure 317
The Division recognizes the importance of the health, safety and overall well-being of its students. It also recognizes children and adolescents are among those at greatest risk for concussions, and while there is potential for a concussion any time there is body trauma, the risk is greatest during activities where collisions can occur, such as during physical education classes, playground time, school-based sports activities or field trips. Teachers and other school staff play a crucial role in the identification of a suspected concussion if they are aware of the signs and symptoms, because they can prevent the student from engaging in further activity and make appropriate medical referral.
is a brain injury that:
- is caused by trauma and results in changes to brain functions, leading to symptoms that can be physical (e.g., headache, dizziness), cognitive (e.g., difficulty concentrating or remembering), emotional/behavioural (e.g., depression, irritability) and/or related to sleep (e.g., drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep);
- may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that transmits a force to the head that causes the brain to move rapidly within the skull;
- can occur even if there is no loss of consciousness (in fact most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness); and
- cannot normally be seen on X-rays, standard CT scans or MRIs.
is the term for a clinical diagnosis made by a medical doctor or a nurse practitioner. Educators, school staff or volunteers cannot make the diagnosis of concussion.
- The Superintendent shall:
- perform a regular review of this administrative procedure to ensure guidelines align with current best practice recommendations; and
- share concussion prevention, identification and management information with students and their parents/guardians.
- The Principal shall:
- direct all school staff (including occasional staff, support staff and recess supervisors) and advise parents/guardians, students and volunteers these procedures need to be followed;
- facilitate attendance at and/or completion of concussion in-servicing/training for staff and coaching volunteers;
- provide the following resources to school staff, parents/guardians, students and volunteers as required:
- make concussion information and documentation related to this procedure available to all school staff, and volunteers where appropriate;
- confirm all incidents involving head trauma are reported to parents;
- ensure all incidents involving head trauma are reported as required using the Student Incident/Injury Report (Form 160-4);
- ensure, prior to a student’s return to physical activities following a diagnosis of concussion, the school obtains a note from the student’s doctor indicating what activities can be undertaken and what precautions, if any, need to be taken;
- keep on file the above documents and provide a copy to the appropriate staff member(s);
- alert staff about students with a suspected or diagnosed concussion;
- work with students, parents/guardians, staff, volunteers and health professionals to support concussed students with their recovery and academic success;
- for students who are experiencing difficulty in their learning environment as a result of concussion, co-ordinate the development of an Instructional Support Plan (ISP) with written guidance from the student’s doctor;
- communicate with the school community to encourage parental/guardian co-operation in reporting all non-school related concussions; and
- ensure the appropriate information related to concussions is included in teacher lesson plans and the appropriate forms are available on field trips and at athletic events.
Section 18, 20, 27, 45, 60, 61 School Act
Emergency Medical Aid Act
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Health Information Act
Public Health Act
Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity in Schools 2013
Last updated: September 2018