Pursuant to Title 20-A MRSA§254(17) , all public schools, and private schools enrolling more than 60% of its students at public expense, are required to adopt and implement a policy on the management of concussive and other head injuries in school activities and athletics that is consistent with the model policy developed by the commissioner.
Since the creation of the mandate for the model concussion policy in 2012, schools across Maine have been instrumental in increasing concussion awareness among students, parents, and staff. The concussion policy is in place for more than just awareness; it should improve the management and care a student receives following an injury. Additionally, injuries can happen during any activity during the school day or outside of school. The location of the injury should not affect the attention and accommodation a student receives. The Department and its partners have revised the model policy to reflect current best practices in concussion management in schools. Over the years there has been a shift in the focus of how a concussion affects a student, specifically with the recognition that children are students first. Therefore, the model policy outlines a graduated school re-entry plan that is individualized and flexible, with input from medical providers, parents, and the school multidisciplinary team.
In order to fully comply with the requirements of the chaptered law, Title 20-A MRSA§254(17) as a result of L.D. 1873, An Act to Direct the Commissioner of Education to Adopt a Model Policy Regarding Management of Head Injuries in School Activities and Athletics, in the 125th Maine Legislature, all additional resources have also been updated. Components that are required by this law are: model policy, training, student and parental acknowledgment, protocols and forms, immediate removal and evaluation, and medical clearance. The additional requirements, not part of the model policy, can be accessed through the Department of Education website. Here is a sample of some of the materials:
- Student and parent acknowledgement form
- School accommodations
- Graduated academic reentry guidelines
- Graduated physical activity reentry guidelines
For more information about this model policy or the additional resources, please contact the School Nurse Consultant Emily Poland at Emily.Poland@maine.gov or (207) 592-0387.