What’s my role in supporting my child’s return to school?
As the parent or guardian, you have a central role in supporting your child’s return to school. You are the advocate for your child between any healthcare professionals, your child’s school and any other organization your child is involved in.
It is your responsibility to report a non-school related concussion or suspected concussion to your child’s school. For concussions that occur at school, you are responsible for responding to the school and for ensuring your child is assessed as soon as possible by a healthcare professional.
You should ensure that the school identifies a school contact. It is your responsibility to maintain communication with the school contact to discuss how your child is coping with returning to school, such as coping with homework, workload, etc. In addition, you should provide the school with any directions from your child’s healthcare professional that might be important for the school to know, such as restrictions on your child’s physical activity.
You have an important role to play in the development and implementation of your child’s Return to Learn Plan. You and your child should work collaboratively with the school to create a plan that includes:
- How your child’s needs will be met at school
- The learning accommodations needed to support your child
- What school work will be done at home
Once the plan is created, you should help support your child’s progress by following the Return to Learn Plan at home, and communicating with the school contact about how your child is tolerating the plan.
You are responsible for completing any paperwork the school requests you to complete. This includes getting the required written medical clearance from your child’s healthcare professional to participate in physical activity as outlined in the Return to School and Return to Sport protocols.