In August, Governor Rauner signed the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, holding school districts accountable for the proper care of students who get concussions.
“It was created because of the number of concussions that take place throughout the country. The CDC says that nearly 4,000,000 concussions happen on a yearly basis. This law was really created for the overall safety for our student athletes and to make sure that we are not only looking at how they are returning to the athletic field but also the classroom,” said Louis Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for High Schools in District 204.
District 204 assembled the concussion oversight team made up of doctors, teachers, coaches and parents – to do just that.
The two pronged approach starts on the field.
“The return to play protocol is one of the most significant pieces because that’s really where we have a coach who is on the field, an athletic trainer, a doctor, someone that’s been trained to see early symptoms where a player may have had a concussion,” said Lee.
Next – return to learn in the classroom, but this isn’t limited to athletes.
“The return to learn protocol is not just for our student athletes, but any of our students who may have had an concussion that may have happened outside of an interscholastic activity. But once we know about it we want to make sure that they are put back into the classroom with the appropriate supports that they may need,” Lee said.
Through the concussion oversight team’s approach to each individual case, District 204 hopes to set an example for the state when it comes dealing with concussions for both athletes and students.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.
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