Concussion Protocol

We are committed to the safety of our students.  Head injuries can happen at any time, including during non-sporting activities.  When a head injury occurs at school, we take this matter very seriously.

There are specific steps followed by our school staff, students, and parents in the event of a suspected or medically diagnosed concussion, whether it happened at school or in the community. If injuries to the head or body happen at school or a school event, an assessment checklist is completed by our staff to determine if any signs or symptoms of concussion are present.  The checklist then illustrates which steps to follow next.  All students with a suspected concussion are required to seek medical attention the same day as the injury occurs.

Parents of students who have been medically diagnosed with a concussion will receive our Board’s Concussion Administrative Operational Procedures.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that affects the way a person may think and remember details and can cause a variety of symptoms. Any blow to the head, face, neck, or body that jars the head may cause a concussion.

Signs and Symptoms

A concussion can have physical, emotional, and sleep-related signs and symptoms and may also affect a person’s thinking.

Please Note: If any one or more sign(s) and/or symptom(s) are present, a concussion should be suspected but the full check should be completed (including the Quick Memory Function Check) to provide comprehensive information to parent/guardian and medical doctor/nurse practitioner.

Physical Signs and Symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Pressure in the head
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Balance problems
  • Feeling tired or low energy
  • Drowsiness
  • “Don’t feel right”

Cognitive signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Not thinking clearly
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Feeling like “in a fog”
  • Problems concentrating
  • Memory problems

Emotional signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Easily upset or angered
  • Sadness
  • Nervous or anxious
  • Feeling more emotional

Sleep related signs and symptoms of concussion include:

  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Having a hard time falling asleep

Resources Awareness for Parents

Rowan's Law

Parachute Canada

Concussions Ontario

Coach.ca

OPHEA

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