Please come back on August 27, 2019 for the updated 2019 Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education.

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Concussions

The Ministry of Education expects all school boards in Ontario to develop and maintain a policy on concussion as outlined in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 158: School Board Policies on Concussion. The Ministry of Education considers the concussion protocol outlined in the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education Concussion Protocol (previously called the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines) to be the minimum standard. Minimum does not refer to minimal safety standards but to the minimum requirements for safety standards that must be followed in school-based activities. The standards contained in the concussion protocol must not be lowered.

The concussion protocol is based on Parachute's Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport and the Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, and has been developed by Ophea in partnership with Parachute.

School boards may localize the components of the concussion protocol, to meet the specific needs of their school district, keeping in mind that they can raise the minimum standards but cannot lower the standards. Although it is important to be familiar with the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education Concussion Protocol, educators must ensure that they use their own board’s concussion protocol.

The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education Concussion Protocol is a living resource. Concussion information and procedures for the components of prevention, identification and management are always evolving with new research and consensus guidelines. In order to keep users current with information and procedures the Concussion Protocol will be reviewed and revised where necessary. School boards and users of the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education Concussion Protocol are advised to return to consult safety.ophea.net every September for the current Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education Concussion Protocol. Where revisions are of a critical nature Ophea will inform its users through electronic notification.

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Concussion Protocol