Returning to school after a concussion
We want patients to return to school as soon as they are able. However, students recovering from a concussion will often need some accommodations at first.
Our team will provide formal letters of communication at each visit to update the school on the patient’s progress and needs. In addition, if necessary, our nurses will work with your child’s teacher, principal and school nurse to ensure they are able to meet these needs.
In most cases, the school staff cooperates fully. If necessary, the Children's Health℠ School Services teachers can clearly communicate your child’s needs in language the school district can understand and relate to.
School accommodations needed after concussion
Here are examples of the accommodations that will help a child recovering from a concussion to re-enter school. They will help your child slowly return to their normal function.
- Quiet zones. Lights and sounds can be troubling. Your child should be able to do their work in a silent environment with soft lighting.
- Special attire. Due to light and noise sensitivity, your child should be allowed to wear a hat, sunglasses or noise-canceling headphones, if needed.
- Frequent breaks. Returning to everyday activities should be done gradually. If your child needs a break, they should be able to visit the nurses’ station to lay down or rest.
- Reduced workload. After a concussion your child may have symptoms that interfere with their ability to learn. So, a gradual return to schoolwork is needed.
- Hydration and snacks. Drinking lots of water is essential to concussion recovery. Your child should be allowed to carry a water bottle during the day. A healthy, well-balanced diet is also important, so they may need to eat more often and should be allowed to have snacks throughout the day.
- Shortened class periods. Children should be able to leave class five to 10 minutes early, so they can walk to the next class alone. It’s important that your child isn’t bumped or jostled while their brain is recovering.
Returning to physical activity
Once a child is no longer using any accommodations in the classroom, they are ready to resume physical activity. Learn about our returning to physical activity protocol.
Call our 24-hour concussion advice line at 844-414-6824 to speak to a medical professional or to make an appointment.