Jun 24, 2016
Oversight Panel Put in Place

A new oversight committee has been formed to cover junior high and high school student-athletes in an Illinois school district. The committee will oversee students’ return to the classroom after suffering a head injury.

An article from the Southern Illinoisan explains that the committee was formed due to the Youth Sports Safety Act, which gives schools rules for handling head injuries. The board for the Marion Community Unit School District No. 2 voted to approve the new committee.

The 11-member oversight committee–consisting of coaches, parents, physicians, administrators, and teachers–will communicate with educators about students’ return to classes. In addition, when student-athletes return to classes following a concussion, teachers will need to make accommodations for them.

In order to return to school, student-athletes do not need to be completely free of post-concussion symptoms. However, the symptoms need to be manageable. 

“Anytime you are talking about injuries with student-athletes, we take it very seriously,” Ryan Goodisky, Marion Athletic Director, told the Southern Illinoisan. “We are going to make sure we do the right thing.”

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