• Concussion Protocol

    A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

    Concussions Are Serious
    Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.  Children and teens who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below—or simply say they just “don’t feel right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body—may have a concussion or other serious brain injury.

    Resting during the first 24-48 hours is recommended, followed by gradual return to normal activities. During this phase of recovery, many normal activities are still OK as long as they don’t make symptoms worse. This applies to school attendance as well.

    Signs of a Concussion

    • Headache

    • Dizziness or confusion (forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent) 

    • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall 

    • Feeling sick (Nausea/Vomiting)

    • Coordination or balance problems

    • Blurred Vision, bothered by light and noise

    • Trouble thinking or remembering

    According to the District’s Concussion policy, if a student has a head injury (in or out of school) in which an MD diagnoses a concussion, a concussion protocol has to be implemented. Please see the following document for information about the protocol and criteria for Return to Learn (RTL) and Return to Play (RTP).

    Please inform the nurse of any head injury that may occur so we may implement the protocol during this time of healing.  All doctor’s notes should go to the health office and be updated at each appointment.  Depending on the severity, we may recommend the forms above to be filled out by a doctor and updated at each appointment until the all clear is given. 

    Return to Learn must be completed before Return to Play

    For more information on concussions:
    Illinois Elementary School Association Concussions (IESA)
    CDC Heads Up
    CDC Concussion Fact Sheet
    Concussion 101 Video