Section 7 - Students


  • Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

    The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a program to manage concussions and head injuries suffered by student athletes. The program shall:

    1.     Comply with the concussion protocols, policies, and by-laws of the Illinois High School Association, including its Protocol for NFHS Concussion Playing Rules and its Return to Play Policy.  These specifically require that:

    a.     A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion in a practice or game shall be removed from participation or competition at that time.

    b.     A student athlete who has been removed from an interscholastic contest for a possible concussion or head injury may not return to that contest unless cleared to do so by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer.

    c.     If not cleared to return to that contest, a student athlete may not return to play or practice until the student athlete has provided his or her school with written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.

    2.      Inform student athletes and their parents/guardians about this policy in the Agreement to Participate or other written instrument that a student athlete and his or her parent/guardian must sign before the student is allowed to participate in a practice or interscholastic competition.

    3.     Provide coaches and student athletes and their parents/guardians with educational materials from the Illinois High School Association regarding the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including the risks inherent in continuing to play after a concussion or head injury.

    4.     Include a requirement for staff members to notify the parent/guardian of a student who exhibits symptoms consistent with that of a concussion.

    LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.53.

    CROSS REF.:      4:170 (Safety), 7:300 (Extracurricular Athletics)

    ADOPTED:            APRIL 16, 2012