This is a reminder that Iowa Code Section 280.13C requires that annually, every student (grades 7-12) and their parent/guardian must receive and sign the concussion and brain injury information sheet titled, "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports" before the student is able to participate in interscholastic sports, cheerleading, and dance in any way (practice or competition). Any forms signs previously are valid for 12 calendar months from the date of signature, then, signatures must be obtained again for the student to continue participating. There is NO GRACE period for the "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports" form.
Below are links to the legislation and an English and Spanish version of the information sheet.
We have received guidance from the Iowa DoE that if schools have a "sign off" form for all their student policies it is permissible to include the acknowledgement of receipt statement from "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports" as part of the general form parents and students sign. The statement to be used is, "We have received the information provided on the concussion information sheet titled, "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports." If a "sign off" form is used, the student and parents/guardians must still receive the information sheet titled, "Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports" for their reference throughout the next year.
The Concussion Management Protocol has been updated. Included in the protocol is "Return to Participation Protocol Following a Concussion (Guidelines for Licensed Health Care Providers)". Below is a link to the protocol.
There is also a great deal of information available regarding return to the classroom following a concussion. I have provided several links to 'return to learn' information below. This may be useful for your school nurse or counseling department.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us.