School Return to Learn

A concussion can make a child’s return to school very difficult. “When and how a child goes back to school” can affect recovery time. A poorly planned return to school can actually make a concussion take longer to heal. Don’t just assume your school knows how to best manage a student with a concussion. You may want to provide updated concussion information to your school BEFORE your child returns to class.

Here are some resources to help you. Please print these PDFs or email these links to your child’s teacher, principal and school nurse. Click image or text link.

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For Parents

 Guidelines for Return to School: Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania  (CHOP)

Parent’s Symptom Monitor Chart (CHOP)

For School Nurses

Fact Sheet for School Nurses from the CDC

School Symptom Monitor: Concussion Signs and Symptoms Checklist from the CDC

For Teachers

Teachers Desk Reference: Concussion (Mild TBI) from BrainSTEPS, PA

Fact Sheet for Teachers, Counselors, and School Professionals from the CDC

For Principals

For Principals-Administrators: Returning to School after a Concussion from the CDC

BRAIN 101: ORCAS School-wide Concussion Management

  • Concussion Management Policy Resource Book
  • Concussion Management Team
  • Parents
  • Athletic Trainer/Coaches
  • Teachers

State Programs for Schools to manage concussions PA – BRAINSteps

  • Video of BRAINSteps Program
  • Links for materials for BRAINSteps Program
  • Implementing BRAINSteps Program

OR – OCAMP (Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program)

  • Concussion Management Implementation Guide

CO – Colorado Dept of Ed: Concussion Management Guidelines

  • Brain Injury Manual for Educators
  • Assessment Tools and Strategies for Educators