Student Sports & Recreation – Concussion, Head Injury, and Cardiac Arrest (Procedure)

Policy Approve By
Scott McCallum, Superintendent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Revised (date text was last updated)
Policy Prepared By
Justine Mings, RN
Policy Category


I.   Director of On-Campus Programs Duties

A.  Updating:  Each spring, the Director of On-Campus Programs or designee will review any changes that have been made in forms required for concussion, head injury, and sudden cardiac arrest management by consulting with Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) or the WIAA website.  If there are any updated forms, they will be adopted and used for the upcoming school year.

B.  Identifying Sports:  By June 30 of each year, the Director of On-Campus Programs will identify WSSB sports and recreation activities for which compliance with the Student Sports – Concussion, Head Injury, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest is required.  A list of identified sports and recreation activities and Student Sports – Concussion, Head Injury, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest policy and procedure will be provided to Residential Manager, coaches, Recreation/Volunteer Coordinator, school nurses, and other appropriate staff and/or volunteers.

II.   Coach’s and Fitness Teachers Responsibility

A.  All coaches and fitness instructor will undergo training in head injury and concussion management at least once every two years by one of the following means; (1) through attendance at a WIAA or similar clock hour presentation which uses WIAA guidelines; or (2) by completing the WIAA online training.  All coaches and fitness teachers will undergo training in sudden cardiac arrest prevention every three years by completing an online program developed by the WIAA and the University of Washington Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology and provide proof of completion to the Director of On-Campus Programs.  All new coaches must complete trainings prior to coaching.

B.  A student who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice, game, or activity/event or one who exhibits symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest will be immediately removed from play/participation.

III.   Parent Information

On a yearly basis and prior to the student initiating sport practice or game, or participating in identified recreation activities, a concussion and information sheet will be signed and returned by the student and their parent and/or guardian.  The information sheet will also incorporate a statement attesting to the student and parent/guardian’s review of information on sudden cardiac arrest posted on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website.  The statement must be signed by both the student and parent/guardian.  The information sheet may be incorporated into the parent permission sheet which allows students to participate in extracurricular activities.

IV.   Return to Play After Concussion, Head Injury, or Symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

A student who has been removed from play and/or participation may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and sudden cardiac arrest and receives written clearance to return to play and/or participation from that licensed healthcare provider.

Legal References:  RCW 38A.600, RCW 4.24.660 1999 c 316 s 3

Related Documents: Zachery Lystedt Law – HB1824 –Management of Concussion and Head Injury in Youth Sports Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA)