CONCUSSION MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT IN NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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In October 2015, the NC State Board of Education approved policy SHLT-001, titled Return-to-Learn After Concussion. This education policy includes guidelines for safe and appropriate return to the educational environment for ALL students post-concussion. Although this policy includes student athletes protected under the Gfellar-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, it is further reaching. Return-to-Learn After Concussion includes requirements for safe return to school for any student in NC public schools who sustains a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), more commonly referred to as a concussion.

This policy is linked to the State Board of Education Strategic Plan under Goal 5 (Every student is healthy, safe, and responsible), Objective 2 (Promote healthy and active lifestyles for students).

The requirements of Return-to-Learn After Concussion became effective at the onset of the 2016-2017 academic year. At this time, all NC public schools are to implement these requirements.

The policy, along with information and resources designed to support schools and districts in their implementation are below:

General Information:
NC State Board of Education Policy SHLT-001 – Return-to-Learn After Concussion
Guidelines for Implementation (pdf, 1.2mb)
Parent Information Brochure (pdf, 1.2mb)
Parent Information Brochure [Spanish] (pdf, 377kb)

Educator & Parent Resources:

Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act

NC High School Athletic Association Concussion Awareness

Returning to School After a Concussion: A Fact Sheet for School Professionals (pdf, 1.21mb)

American Academy of Pediatrics: Returning to Learning Following a Concussion

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina

NC Department of Health and Human Services - Traumatic Brain Injury