Any student who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall not be permitted to return to school or to play in any competitions or practices until cleared by an appropriate health care professional or health care provider as defined herein. Any student athlete shall be immediately removed from a contest [or practice].
In cases when an athlete has been removed from a contest due to a possible head injury, the student athlete may only return to play the day of the contest [or practice] if he/she is cleared to return to play by a certified athletic trainer and/or a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.
In cases when an athlete is not cleared to return to play the same day as he/she is removed from a contest or practice following a possible head injury (i.e., concussion), the student athlete shall not return to school, play or practice until the athlete is evaluated by and receives written clearance from a licensed health care provider to return to school and play.
A concussion oversight team, consisting of an Athletic Trainer, a School Nurse, and either an Athletic Director and/or Director of Guidance, will establish a return-to-play protocol and a return-to-learn protocol based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.
The Board of Education hereby adopts the attached Protocol, which is in compliance with the IHSA Protocol for Implementation of NFHS Sports Playing Rule for Concussions, to implement this return to play policy.
For the purposes of this policy, licensed health care providers consist of physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois and certified athletic trainers working in conjunction with physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.53
ADOPTED: September 29, 2011
REVISED: October 29, 2015