The Maine Department of Education’s model policy on concussion management is now available on the student health website. Every school district and private schools must adopt a concussion management policy that is consistent with Maine DOE’s model policy by Jan. 1, 2013.
The model policy was developed by the Maine DOE Concussion Work Group, which includes members from the fields of health care, athletics, school nursing, physical therapy and neuropsychology. Various associations, including the Maine Principal’s Association, Maine School Management Association, Maine Concussion Management Initiative and the Brain Injury Network of Maine, were also involved.
Maine statute directed the committee to develop this model policy based on the current research and best practice guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other states’ concussion management documents.
The implementation of the policy will take place between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. The Maine DOE will provide concussion resources for parents and students as well as materials for districts to conduct concussion awareness training for staff.
A web-based concussion toolkit will be available in the near future to help districts meet this policy. Please revisit our website in the coming weeks: www.maine.gov/education/sh.
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