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.