Concussion Guidelines - Wilmington Christian School
As students recover from a concussion, the careful and systematic return to the classroom should be initiated by the student's physician (documentation) and coordinated by the school staff (administrator, teachers, guidance counselor and school nurse). Ongoing communication will be paramount in the student's successful return to the classroom setting. Wilmington Christian School recognizes that the key to a successful recovery is both physical and cognitive rest. We have developed the following guidelines to assist the student with a successful return to the classroom.
- Prior to returning to school, all medical paperwork stipulating any accommodations (academic and physical) must be given to the School Nurse. This documentation will clarify the date of concussion diagnosis, presenting symptoms, clinical treatment with recommended accommodations that reflect both attendance, physical and environmental accommodations, for classroom success.
- The School Nurse will review the protocol and accommodations with the student and parents. All academic and physical) accommodations will be sent to the student's teachers, administrator, guidance and Athletic Trainer. The student/parents will work through the Guidance Office to ensure that academic accommodations are being met and managed. The School Nurse, the Athletic Trainer and the student's doctor work closely to monitor and update student status.
- The student should check-in with the School Nurse 3 - 5 times a week, after lunch. This helps in the assessment of ongoing symptom management. The School Nurse will report any changes and/or concerns in symptoms to parents and physician.
- Documentation from each follow-up visit (weekly or bi-weekly) should be forwarded prior to any changes in accommodations.
- Throughout the above process, communication is the key to success.
When can the student return to play?
Students may return to play when both of the following are complete:
- All academic restrictions are lifted, and
- Return to Play has been initiated by the physician and completed with the Athletic Trainer.