SJE Board Policy 3422 - Students


Student Sports – Concussion and Head Injuries



The St. John and Endicott School Board of Directors recognizes that concussions and head injuries are commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and other recreational activities. The board acknowledges that the risk of catastrophic injuries or death are significant when a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated and managed. Therefore, all competitive sport activities in the district will be identified by the administration and all appropriate district staff, coaches and team volunteers will complete training as required in the district procedure to recognize suspicious signs and symptoms of concussion.  Additionally, all coaches will comply with Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) guidelines for the management of head injuries and concussions.


Consistent with Washington law, the district will utilize guidelines developed with the WIAA and other pertinent information and forms to inform and educate coaches, youth athletes, and their parents and/or guardians of the nature and risk of concussions or head injuries, including the dangers associated with continuing to play after a concussion or head injury. 


Annually, the district will distribute a head injury and concussion information sheet to all parents and guardians of student participants in competitive sport activities. The parent/guardian and student must return a signed acknowledgement indicating that they have reviewed and understand the information provided before the student participates in any covered activity. Until this acknowledgement form is returned and on file with the district, the student may not practice or compete. 


All coaches, including volunteers, will complete training as required in the district procedure.


Additionally, all coaches of competitive sport activities will comply with WIAA guidelines for the management of head injuries and concussions.


Cross References:       4260 - Use of School Facilities



Legal References:        RCW 4.24.660 Liability of school districts under contract with youth


            Chapter 28A.600 RCW Students



Management Resources:         2014 - August Issue

            2009 - August Issue



Adoption Date: 12-15-14

St. John – Endicott School Cooperative