13A.06.08.05

.05 Policies and Procedures.

A. Each school system shall implement policies consistent with this chapter and the Policies and Programs on Concussions for Public Schools and Youth Sport Programs to assure student-athletes, parents, or guardians and school personnel receive an informational sheet describing:

(1) The nature and risk of a concussion or head injury;

(2) The criteria for removal from play and return to play;

(3) The risks of not reporting injury and continuing to play; and

(4) Appropriate academic accommodations for diagnosed concussion victims.

B. Under the policy, each school system shall require every student-athlete and at least one parent or guardian to verify in writing that they have received information on concussions and sign a statement acknowledging receipt of the information before a student participates in an authorized interscholastic athletic activity.

C. By August 15, 2013, each local school system shall implement policies consistent with the Policies and Programs on Concussions for Public Schools and Youth Sport Programs that:

(1) Identify and ensure appropriate academic accommodations and restrictions are made available to student athletes during the recovery phase from a concussion;

(2) Ensure that the parent, guardian, or emergency contact person is notified in person or by telephone and in writing immediately after a student athlete sustains a suspected concussion; and

(3) Ensure that the athletic director and school nurse are notified before the start of the next school day of a student athlete who has sustained a suspected concussion.

D. By August 15, 2013 the MSDE in collaboration with an appropriate medical, academic and athletic advisory team shall:

(1) Identify collision, contact, and noncontact sports; and

(2) Recommend limitations of contact exposures in those sports.