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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.  Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.  Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.”

All students identified as having a concussion must be cleared in writing by the school medical director prior to their beginning the return to play protocol and participation in physical education, extra-curricular activities, field trips or athletics. 

Based upon the most recent information on the treatment of concussions and the importance of rest, we are also asking parents to keep students home if they are still experiencing symptoms of concussions such as fatigue, headaches, and/or the need for resting during the day.  While we understand the student’s desire to get back to school as soon as possible, recent research has supported that an early return to cognitive stress while the brain is still healing is not in the child’s best interest and may hinder the student in his or her recovery.  When your personal family physician or pediatrician clears your child to return to school, if they are in need of frequent breaks and rest times, we will be sending them home until they can make it through the time approved by your personal family physician or pediatrician with minimal breaks or resting (partial or full day).

If you have any questions on our procedures, please contact Michael Free at 315-673-6303 or

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