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Concussion Information


Concussion Management Policy for Fontbonne Hall Academy


Because of the 2012 passage of The Concussion Awareness and Management Act, Fontbonne Hall Academy has adopted the following policies and guidelines in the management of head injuries.  Any student demonstrating signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion while participating in a school sponsored class event, extracurricular activity, or interscholastic athletic activity shall be removed from the activity and be evaluated as soon as possible by her physician.  The coach/school nurse will notify the parents or guardians and recommend medical evaluation as soon as possible.

If a student sustains a concussion at a time other than when engaged in a school sponsored activity, the school expects the parent/guardian to report the condition to the coach and the school nurse so that the school can support the appropriate medical management.

No student-athletes will be permitted to return to play or school without medical clearance from an appropriate healthcare provider(medical doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant).  Recovery from concussion varies and avoiding re-injury is essential to recovery. Any student who continues to have signs and symptoms upon return to activity must be removed from play and reevaluated by their health care provider.

If a student sustains three concussions, the school requires medical clearance from a neurologist. Though a physician might provide medical clearance, the decision for your daughter to return to sports is ultimately a decision made by the parent. Fontbonne Hall Academy strongly advises against return to sports after a student has sustained three concussions because of the potential short and long term risks.

Key Points

  • A student must be pulled from physical activity immediately if suspected of having sustained a concussion
  • The student must be symptom free for at least twenty four hours before returning to play.
  • Medical clearance by a healthcare provider must be obtained and kept on file in the medical office.
  • If any sign/symptom reappear upon return to activity they must be removed from play
  • After three concussions the student must receive medical clearance from a neurologist
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Updated 5/2019