What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can occur from a fall or a blow to the head or body that causes the head and brain to quickly move back and forth. The health and wellness of students are important factors which influence learner achievement. The Maine Department of Education, in conjunction with families, educators, healthcare providers, and coaches, is committed to helping students prevent, manage, and recover from concussions. The model policy was updated in 2019 along with many new resources for schools and students.
Maine Concussion Management Initiative:
Training for school personnel, school health staff, and medical providers
Prior to participating in a school athletic activity all students and the student’s legal parent or guardian must be informed of signs and symptoms of concussion and the school’s policy for the management of concussive and other head injuries and sign a statement acknowledging that review.
Schools may choose to notify all students and parents of the risk of concussions and the local school policy. Sample language has been provided for a Student/Parent Handbook
- Sample Letter 1: Parent
- Sample Letter 2: Teacher
- Sample Letter 3: Teacher
- Student Information Sheet: after an injury
- Tips for Students: Managing your Work
Emily Poland MPH, RN
School Nurse Consultant
Coordinated School Health Team Leader