If a parent determines that a minor injury (such as muscle soreness or a scraped knee) requires a student to limit activities in Physical Education class for only a day or two, the student should submit a parent note requesting the restriction to the Health Office in the morning. The nurse will assess the injury and notify the PE teacher of the restriction. If the injury requires more than one week's restriction from PE, a physician's note is required.
Any injury necessitating wheelchairs, crutches, slings, casts or more than one week's activity restriction requires not only a physician's restriction note (see form below), but also a parent conference with the nurse before the student returns to school. NEVER SEND A STUDENT ON CRUTCHES TO SCHOOL WITHOUT FIRST STOPPING BY THE HEALTH OFFICE BEFORE SCHOOL!! The nurse, parent and student will discuss safety guidelines, elevator passes, special fire drill protocols and/or the need for assistance with note taking in the classroom. The nurse will then notify the appropriate school personnel (such as the student's teachers, Guidance Counselor and/or House Office) of the student's special needs.
There is no such thing as a "mild concussion". Concussions can seriously impact a student's academic and performance. Students may experience headaches, excessive drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, inability to concentrate and more for several weeks. Most physicians require that students who have been diagnosed with a concussion be restricted from PE and sports until symptom-free for at least one week. For more information, click on either link below.
If a physician does not provide an end date on the restriction, a physician's clearance note must be submitted to the Health Office before the student is allowed participate again in PE class or sports. A student will not be permitted to try out for a school-related sport unless the Health Office has a physician's clearance on file.
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