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Students who sustain a head injury while at school will be assessed for signs and symptoms of a concussion. The following signs may be observed by school staff or parents:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about events
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Repeats questions
  • Can’t recall events prior to the hit, bump, or fall
  • Loses consciousness
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Forgets class schedule or assignments

Students may report the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Feeling sluggish, tired, fatigued
  • Feeling hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Complaining of headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Numbness of tingling
  • Does not “feel right”
  • Is emotional, irritable, nervous, or sad
  • Feeling sleepy, drowsy, sleeps more than usual
  • Having trouble falling asleep or sleeping less than usual

If staff suspects the child to have a concussion, or if any of the above signs/symptoms are present, the parent/guardian will be contacted and arrangements will be made for the student to go home. Medical follow-up may be advised.

* If a concussion is diagnosed by the physician, a letter from the physician with instructions for returning to school will need to be submitted. Students may have activity restrictions that teachers and staff will need to be aware of.