Sports & Enrichment
From Parent-Student Handbook Page 68-69
Student Concussion and Head Injury
A concussion is a brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. Because the Charter School has elected to offer an athletic program, we must immediately remove from a school-sponsored athletic activity for the remainder of the day an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury during that activity. The athlete may not return to that activity until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed healthcare provider. If the licensed health care provider determines the athlete has a concussion or head injury, the athlete shall also complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than 7 days in duration under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet must be signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete initiates practice or competition. This requirement does not apply to an athlete engaging in an athletic activity during the regular school day or as part of a physical education course. Further, JJMS shall inform parents or legal guardians of this policy and obtain the parent’s or legal guardian’s consent and signature on the Concussion Information Sheet (all students) and Parent & Athlete Concussion Information Sheet (athletes) before permitting a child to participate in a sporting event. These documents are distributed at the beginning of the school year to every student and at the beginning of the season to every athlete, but parents may also obtain a copy any time during the school year in the main office.
It shall be the policy of JJMS to require all coaches, assistant coaches, athletic program support staff, and physical education teachers to complete training on the recognition and management of concussions or head injuries. Coaches and Physical Education teachers must complete 2 training courses.
Sudden Cardiac ArrestJJMS is invested in the health of its athletes, especially their heart health. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is when the heart stops beating, suddenly and unexpectedly. State law requires that JJMS have an AED machine and trained personnel on campus. Those wishing to participate in athletics at JJMS, must review the information sheet on sudden cardiac arrest via the link below and attached to this handbook: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0115/1081/Sudden_Cardiac_Arrest_Info_.pdf.