Information on the following common conditions coming soon:
- Seizure Disorder
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after an injury, or may not appear, or may not be noticed until hours or days after the injury.
Common symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Physical: headache, fatigue, nausea, problems with vision, balance or sleep that can affect attendance at school
- Cognitive: problems with remembering, thinking and concentrating that can affect school performance
- Emotional: feelings of sadness, irritability or increased emotionality
When a head injury occurs at school the student will be observed for 30 minutes for any signs of concussion symptoms. Parents will be notified and if any potential concussion symptoms were observed, parents will receive a written summary that can be shared with the student’s health care provider.
Parents are urged to seek medical attention for their child/teen when any signs of a concussion appear following any head injury or body blow. Concussions can have more serious effects on a young, developing brain and need to be addressed correctly.
The physical, cognitive and emotional effects of a concussion can affect a student’s attendance and school progress. The School Student Support Team (Dean, Licensed School Nurse, School Psychologist and/or School Social Worker) assist students, parents and teachers to identify the most appropriate accommodations and support to minimize the effects on learning from concussion during the full recovery period. Medical information from the health care provider is critical to developing a “Return to School” plan. The Concussion ACE School Care Plan is a suggested form that provides clear and comprehensive information for school in developing an appropriate plan.
Please contact a member of your child/teen’s Student Support Team whenever a concussion is diagnosed or suspected to avoid delays in determining and implementing appropriate support and any needed accommodations.
Licensed School Nurses provide general and student specific information about effects of concussion on learning to school staff on an ongoing basis.
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website: www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html