MANAGEMENT OF CONCUSSION AND OTHER HEAD INJURIES
The Board recognizes that concussions and other head injuries are serious and can potentially
result in significant brain damage and/or death if not recognized and treated properly. This
policy is intended to promote awareness of this issue as well as the safety of students
participating in school-sponsored athletic activities which may pose a risk of concussion or other
head injuries. This policy also applies to other school-sponsored activities which the
Superintendent determines, in consultation with school staff, pose a risk of concussion or other
head injury (hereafter referred to as “any other covered activities”).
The Superintendent shall ensure that all training, protocols and forms implemented in the school
unit are consistent with materials promulgated by the Maine Department of Education.
A. STAFF TRAINING
All Athletic Directors, coaches and other school personnel involved in school-sponsored athletics
(and any other covered activities) shall receive training in the identification and management of
concussions and other head injuries.
All identified personnel will receive refresher training every two years, or whenever the Maine
Department of Education recommendations, protocols and/or forms have been revised.
B. STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Students who intend to participate in school-sponsored athletics (and any other covered activities), and
their parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to sign the School Department’s Concussion/Head Injury
Acknowledgment Form each year. Students may not participate in athletics (and any other covered
activities) until the Acknowledgment Form is returned to the school.
C. REMOVAL OF STUDENTS FROM ATHLETIC OR OTHER COVERED ACTIVITIES,
EVALUATIONS AND MEDICAL CLEARANCE
Any student suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury in any
school-sponsored athletic activity (and any other covered activities) must be immediately
removed from the activity, practice or game. A student suspected of having sustained a
concussion or other head injury must receive a brain injury evaluation and written medical
clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in concussion management prior to his/her
being allowed to resume participation in the athletic activity (and any other covered activities).
Such return to participation may be gradual, and in all cases should be based on current accepted
standards of care and the health care provider’s recommendations.
D. ACADEMIC AND DISABILITY CONSIDERATIONS
Teachers and other school staff should be alert to possible cognitive and academic issues that a
student who has suffered a concussion or other head injury may experience. School staff shall
consider adjustments to the academic day and/or expectations, consistent with a medical
recommendation from the student’s health care provider.
If a parent/guardian or school staff member suspects that a student’s concussion or other head
injury may substantially limit a major life activity, the student shall be referred to the school
unit’s 504 system for consideration as a person with a disability who may require a 504 Plan. If
the student is identified as having a disability as a result of a concussion or head injury, the
student’s 504 Team shall address issues regarding participating and accommodations in school
programs and activities as a result of that disability. If a parent/guardian or school staff member
believes that the student may need special education as a result of a concussion or other head
injury, then the student shall be referred to special education.
E. CONCUSSION POLICY MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Superintendent will appoint a Concussion Policy Management Team to be responsible,
under the supervision of the Superintendent, to make recommendations related to the
implementation of this policy. The Concussion Policy Management Team will include the
Assistant Superintendent, respective school nurse, Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer, and may
include one or more principals or assistant principals, the school physician, and other school
personnel or consultants as the Superintendent deems appropriate.
The team shall oversee and implement this policy and related protocols for concussions and other
head injuries based on the generally accepted standards of care. This team will identify the
school personnel who shall be trained in concussion signs and symptoms and the school
activities covered by this policy .
The policy and/or related protocols should be reviewed when generally accepted protocols
Legal References: Public Law Chapter 688 (2012)
20-A M.R.S.A. §§ 254(17); 1001(19)