Teachers & Administrators
The health and wellness of students have always been important factors influencing learner achievement. The Maine Department of Education--in conjunction with educators, families, healthcare providers and coaches--is committed to helping students prevent, manage and recover from concussions.
Students who experience a concussion will require some temporary modifications to school work as they recover from the concussion. An uncomplicated concussion may resolve in a few weeks. During the recovery time, a concussed student will need cognitive rest and gradual return to full academic function. A team of healthcare professionals, including the school nurse, will work to get a concussed student back to full function.
During the recovery period, a student may experience headaches, increased sensitivity to lights and noise and/or temporary loss of focus or difficulty concentrating. If any of these symptoms occur during class, please send the student to the school nurse for assessment and follow-up. The following resources are will assist you in working with students who have experienced a concussion.
- Academic Accommodations for Students with Concussion (RTF, 37KB). This checklist should be used if a concussed student needs accommodations in the classroom and should be part of the school team decision process.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide the following short podcasts to help the public learn more about concussions.
- Know the Facts: Understand Concussion. This podcast provides information to help people better understand concussion.
- Taking Care After a Concussion. Learn about proper recognition and response recommendations.
- What You Need to Know About Concussion. Discover essential facts about concussions, including symptoms, danger signs and ways to recover and heal after a concussion.
- Fact Sheet. Information for teachers, counselors and school professionals.
- Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs. Learn the ABCs of concussions: A-Assess the situation
B-Be alert for signs and symptoms and C-Contact a health care professional. This page offers multiple resources related to students returning to school after a concussion.
- School/Academic Expectations During Post-Concussion Recovery. Follow these guidelines unless otherwise directed by treating healthcare professional.