Marion Community School District establishes Concussion Oversight Committee
The Marion Community Unit School District No. 2 Board of Education recently voted to establish a Concussion Oversight Committee to monitor concussions for student athletes in high school and junior high school in Marion.
The new 11-person oversight committee will include administrators, teachers, physicians, coaches and parents.
Establishing this committee is part of the Youth Sports Safety Act, which created a series of steps schools must follow regarding concussions in athletics. The first part of the act was to make schools create a standard policy for student-athletes for returning to practice or games after a head injury. Specifically it required that the student be monitored and begin by doing light exercises before moving on to harder physical activity. Only then would they be cleared by a medical physician to return.
The purpose of this new commission is to monitor the student's return to the classroom. When a student-athlete receives a head injury and must miss time from school, the commission is responsible for communicating this information to teachers and staff, and ensuring that accommodations are made for the student.
All staff training and the establishment of the commission must be completed by Sept. 1.