• Communicating with School Following a Concussion


     
    It is important to notify your child’s school and School Nurse following a head injury/concussion diagnosis in order to develop a plan for re-entry to school.  Full recovery from a concussion may take several days to several weeks, or even months in the wake of a severe concussion.  There are physical and emotional symptoms that may continue during recovery:

     

    Physical and emotional symptoms that may continue during recovery:

     
    • Headache
    • Blurred Vision
    • Withdrawn
    • Sensitivity to light and noise 
    • Nausea
    • Fatigue
    • Easily annoyed
    • Emotional ups and downs 
    • Dizziness
    • Irritability
    • Impaired Concentration
    • Inappropriate behavior 
     

    Concussions may possibly impact school performance during recovery also.  The following represent some academic concerns post-concussion:

     

    Possible School Performance Concerns:

     

    — Difficulty studying and completing assignments                                           — Slower Processing

    — Short-term memory loss                                                                           — Impaired concentration

    — Difficulties with organization                                                                     — Shorter attention span

     

    Return to School

     

    Lincoln Public Schools requires that a student returning to school post concussion submit a re-entry plan from his/her healthcare provider.  This plan needs to delineate physical activity restrictions and classroom accommodations, as needed.  Your School Nurse will share these specific recommendations with your child’s teachers.

     

    LPS Student Re-entry Plan Post-head Injury

     

    Please Note:  Students who diagnosed with concussion as the result of participation in LPS Extracurricular Athletics must submit a Post Sports-Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form prior to resuming the athletic activity.

     

    Post Sports-RelatedHead Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form

     
Last Modified on November 11, 2016