The Halton District School Board has updated its Concussion Protocol, according to Ministry of Education expectations.
What to expect with a concussion
Current research indicates that a concussion can affect a student's cognitive and physical abilities. In fact, research shows activities that require concentration can cause a student's concussion symptoms to reappear or worsen. It is equally important to help students as they 'return to learn' in the classroom as it is to help them 'return to physical activity'.
The Halton District School Board and parents are key partners in the health and safety of our students and as such there are key components parents will need to be aware of in case of a suspected or diagnosed concussion.
Students who show signs or symptoms of concussion while at school are required to be examined by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. Parents will be contacted and Concussion Forms will be sent home with the student.
Concussions while at school
Students who receive a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or a blow to the body that transmits a force to the head will not always show symptoms immediately. In the student's best interests, he or she must be monitored for a minimum of 24 hours at school and at home. Students will not be permitted to participate in any physical activity until the 24 hours has passed, no symptoms have been observed and Form C-3 is signed and returned to school. During this monitoring phase, if symptoms appear, the student must be seen by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner.
Concussions outside of school
Students who receive a suspected or diagnosed concussion outside of school hours or school events are still required to follow the HDSB Concussion Protocol process. Parents should inform the school as soon as possible after a concussion.
Concussion Documents and Forms
Additional concussion resources