Student Concussion Board Policy

Illinois approved a new Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, Public Act 099-245. Within the legislation, schools are required to implement new requirements for training and response should a student be diagnosed with a concussion.

District 35 Board Policy 7:305
Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Concussion Information

What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are 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. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works.

Click here to read more concussion information.

Return-to-Learn and Return-to-Play Details

Illinois law provides that a student removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition for a suspected concussion during such an activity or practice may not be permitted to practice or compete again following the force or impact believed to have caused the concussion until certain requirements have been met. Board policy also requires that certain requirements be met before a student suspected of suffering a concussion at any time or place be allowed to return-to-learn.

Review the District 35 Return-to-Play and Return-to-Learn protocol here.

A Fact Sheet for Parents from the CDC and the USDHHS

Here is a helpful Head Injury and Concussion Information handout created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Health and Human Services

Click Here to view the handout