Health & Wellness
Consistent with the school’s mission and 21st Century Learning Skills, the Health and Physical Education Department employs a variety of instructional techniques within the structure of its classes, calling for students to work independently and collaboratively to solve problems based on curricular demands. Students will develop their own questions throughout our HE/PE classes and take steps to investigate the impact of their choices and decision making on their mental/emotional, social, and physical health. Due to the nature and scope of the topics outlined within our program’s curriculum (healthy choices and decision making, physical activity, bullying, social media, societal/peer pressures revolving around nutrition, addiction, sexuality, etc.) students will consistently exhibit and demonstrate integrity in academic endeavors, and responsibly participate as members of a local, global, and digital society, specifically in regards to demonstrating respect for themselves and empathy for others.
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Burlington Public School District's Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition Whereas, children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;?
Whereas, good health fosters student attendance and education;
Whereas, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
Whereas, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;
Whereas, community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies;
Thus, the Burlington Public School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
Therefore, it is the policy of the Burlington Public School District that:
The wellness program will be implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion and will be evidence bases.
The school district will establish a wellness committee that consists of a least one (1): parent, student, nurse, school food service representative, School Committee member, school administrator, member of the public, and other community members as approriate. If available, a qualified, credentialed nutrition professional will be a member of the wellness committee. The School Committee designates the following individual as wellness program coordinator: Director of Food Services. Only employees of the district who are members of the wellness committee may serve as the wellness program coordinator. The Wellness Coordinator, in consultation with the wellness committee, will be in charge of monitoring and recommending policy improvements to the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee.
All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and work with related community services
To Achieve These Policy Goals:
[ 1 ] The School District will create a Wellness Committee consisting of at least one parent, student, nurse, school food service representative, School Committee member, school administrator, member of the public, and other community members as appropriate.
[ 2 ] Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will be appealing and attractive to children and be served in clean and pleasant settings.
[ 3 ] Meals will meet, or exceed nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations.
[ 4 ] Meals will offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
[ 5 ] Meals will include whole milk, reduced fat milk, or low fat milk and nutritionally-equivalent nondairy alternatives (to be defined by USDA); and ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.
[ 6 ] Schools should share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students.
[ 7 ] The wellness policy promotes providing resources about fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, reduced-fat and low fat dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health enhancing nutrition practices; as part of an informational program.
[ 8 ] Schools will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.
[ 9 ] Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.
[ 10 ] All lunch programs in the Burlington Public Schools will meet portion size recommmendations set forth by both state and federal standards.
[ 11 ] The Burlington Public School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students.
The wellness committee will assess all education curricula and materials pertaining to wellness for accuracy, completeness, balance and consistency with the state and district’s educational goals and standards. The Wellness Program Coordinator will be responsible for devising a plan for implementation and evaluation of the district wellness policy and is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that schools meet the goals of the district wellness policy. The Wellness Program Coordinator will report to the School Committee annually.
Modified 7/20/06 Final revision 9/06/06
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 9/12/06
Prevention and Management of Head Injuries and Concussions in Athletic Activities
The Burlington Public Schools are committed to creating a safe environment for all students participating in athletic activities and are committed to working with students, staff and families to develop a comprehensive approach to the prevention and management of sports-related head injuries within the school district. The following policy and procedures were developed in consultation with school administrators, athletic director, certified athletic trainers, school nurses, school physician, and the school district’s wellness committee.
This policy provides for the implementation of MA 105 CMR 201.000, Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities. The policy applies to all Burlington Public School Students who participate in any extracurricular athletic activity. This policy provides the procedures and protocols for the Burlington Public Schools in the management of and prevention of sports-related head injuries within the district or school.
The Burlington Public Schools seek to provide a safe return to activity for all athletes following any injury, but particularly after a concussion. In order to effectively and consistently manage these injuries, procedures have been developed to aid in ensuring that concussed athletes are identified, treated and referred appropriately, receive appropriate follow-up care during the school day (including academic accommodations) and are fully recovered prior to returning to activity.
In addition to recent research, two primary documents were consulted in developing this protocol. The American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for return to play following aconcussion and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement:Management of Sport-Related Concussion.
This protocol will be reviewed bi-annually by Administration, Athletic Department, Nursing Staff and Teachers on the Concussion Management Team. Any changes or modifications will be reviewed and given to the Concussion Management Team in writing.
All athletic department staff shall attend a yearly in-service meeting in which procedures for managing sports-related concussion are discussed.
File: JJIF Prevention and Management of Head Injuries and Concussions in Athletic Activities
A. Designation of Person(s) Responsible for Implementation of These Policies and Procedures.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for designating the person responsible for implementation of these policies and procedures. Further stating, the Superintendent has designated that the Athletic Director is responsible for implementation of these policies and procedures. Additionally, support for implementation of these policies and procedures shall be provided by coaches, athletic trainers, principals and other school staff.
B. Annual Training in Prevention and Recognition of Sports-Related Head Injury and Associated Risk
The school district shall take the necessary steps to ensure that all coaches, certified athletic trainers, trainers, volunteers, school and team physicians, school nurses, athletic directors, directors responsible for school marching band and/or drumline, parents/guardians of students who participate in an extracurricular athletic activity and students who participate in an extracurricular athletic activity shall complete, on an annual basis, a head injury safety training program approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (“Department”) as specified on the Department’s website regarding the prevention and recognitionof sports-related head injury and associated health risks, including second impact syndrome.
All coaching staff and volunteers must be certified by the NFHS and have a certificate on file in the athletic office prior to the start of their season.
Prior to the start of the season, the coach will sign off that they have warned all athletes in their program about the dangers of concussions and inherent dangers in their sport.
All students will receive a packet of information at the pre-season meeting regarding the signs and symptoms of a concussion. All athletes and their parent/guardian must read the information and sign off each season on the medical history, consent form and family ID.
C. Participation Requirements for Students and Parents/Guardians
1. Pre-participation Requirements
Prior to the start of each sports season the Athletic Department will hold a sports meeting so student athletes will be able to receive all necessary paperwork to be filled out before the start of the season. When medical forms are collected the athletic trainers will review all forms. Prior to participation the following forms must be submitted:
● Each season, complete online Bluecard (Family ID) information, which includes current information relative to concussion history.
● Current Physical examination for the Student Athlete. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association requirements, that a physical examination must be conducted within thirteen months of the start of the season. Students participating in multiple sports seasons will be informed that documentation of one physical exam each year is sufficient in accordance with the requirements of 105 C.M.R. 201.006(A)(3).
● Completion of the On-Line Concussion Course verified on Family ID form.
● The Athletic Department will follow up with students and their parents/ guardians who do not return required forms by the specified date. If the students and their parents/ guardians still do not return the required forms then the student cannot participate in the sport for that season until the form is returned.
NEUROCOGNITIVE TESTING REQUIREMENTS Baseline Testing
Neurocognitive testing tests multiple aspects of neurocognitive function, including memory, attention, processing speed, reaction time, and concussion symptoms.
● Athletes at Burlington High School participating in athletic sports which carry a risk of concussion may be required to take a baseline test prior to participation in sports at BHS.
● All athletes and parents/guardians will be expected to view a video presentation on sports related concussion which will be available on the BHS Athletic Web page and sign off as completed.
● Parent Passive consent – Baseline testing required for athletes unless a written opt out note from parent/guardian.
● Parent consent for release of information is necessary.
● Neurocognitive testing is utilized post-concussion to help determine and monitor recovery after concussion. The testing results will provide as one of several tools to identify the safe return to play, as well as to academic schedules.
● Testing may be repeated (per MD order or Athletic trainer) as necessary
2. Ongoing Requirements
● If a student athlete sustains a head injury or concussion during the season, but not while participating in an extracurricular athletic activity, the parent/guardian shall complete the Report of Head Injury Form, or a school-based equivalent, and submit it to the certified athletic trainer or school nurse.
● Parents/Guardians will be educated through various Burlington Public Schools publications regarding reporting head injuries or suspected concussions that take place during non-school hours or at non-school sponsored events. Parents/Guardians will be informed that they must submit the Report of Head Injury Form to the school nurse or the athletic trainers. In season, coaches and parents/guardians will be informed that they must submit the Report of Head Injury Form to the school nurse or athletic trainers. Parents/Guardians will be informed that it is their responsibility to inform BPS of any head injury or suspected concussion that occurs during non-school hours or at non-school sponsored events by filing the Report of Head Injury Form.
● The Burlington Public Schools may use a student athlete’s history of head injuryor concussion as a factor to determine whether to allow the student to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity or whether to allow such participation under specific conditions or modifications.
D. Head Injuries or Concussions Sustained While Participating in an Extracurricular Activity
● Athletes who sustain head trauma will be evaluated on the field utilizing the SCAT form (certified athletic trainer) or concussion signs and symptom check list (coaches) if the certified athletic trainer is not available. Either of these tools will help in the recognition of a possible concussion. A coach may not clear an athlete to return to practice or play. The parent will be notified at the time of the incident, by either the coach or athletic trainer, if the student-athlete is suspected to have sustained a concussion so that the student-athlete will receive appropriate medical attention. The student athlete will receive a home head guideline sheet for reference. If the student-athlete is seen by a physician, the student-athlete must return with a note from the physician and present it to the athletic trainer prior to participation. The student athlete must be cleared by the athletic trainer prior to return to play.
● The coach and/or athletic trainer will complete an accident report using the school accident form within 24 hours of the incident. The coach and or athletic trainer will call the parent and athletic director and inform him that a student has been removed from practice or game due to a suspected concussion. The athletic trainer will email the nurse, guidance, principal and athletic director the day of the concussion so all parties are informed and prepared to respond to the students needs.
E. Medical Clearance and Authorization to Return to Play
The protocol for medical clearance for return to play that, at minimum, complies with 105 CMR 201.011 is as follows:
● Once the student has been diagnosed with a concussion by a healthcare provider, the student should remain home until he/she has been cleared to return to school by a doctor. Once the student returns to school, the school nurse will utilize the Post Concussion Symptom Checklist on a daily basis and relay this information to the guidance counselor. The student must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to the classroom. A Concussion Learning Accommodation Plan may be implemented to gradually return the student-athlete to school work. Academic accommodations will be at the discretion of the nurse, guidance counselor and doctor.
● Once the athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, they must be symptom free for 24 hours and receive written clearance from a doctor to start the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics Return to Activity Guidelines. The doctor’s note will bekept on file in the athletic training room. The athletic trainer is responsible for initializing the AAP Return Protocol on a daily basis. The athlete must be cleared by the athletic trainer prior to game play for a final evaluation utilizing the SCAT assessment tool.
● When the AAP Protocol is completed, a SCAT 3 assessment is negative, and neurocognitive testing reviewed, the athletic trainer will give a final warning to the student-athlete about the signs/symptoms and remind the athlete to stop participation should the symptoms re-occur. The athlete will also be reminded about the dangers of second impact syndrome.
All staff will be instructed that the sharing of information concerning an athlete’s historyof head injury and concussion, recuperation, reentry plan and authorization to return to play and academic activities shall only be shared on a need to know basis consistent with the requirements of 105 C.M.R. 201.000 and applicable federal and state laws, including but not limited to the Massachusetts student record regulations, 603 C.M.R. 23.00 and the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 99.
II. Responsibilities of the Athletic Director, Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and School Nurse
1. Responsibilities of Athletic Director
● The athletic director shall participate in the development and biannual review of the policies and procedures required by 105 CMR 201.006 for the prevention and management of sports-related head injuries within the school district or school.
● The athletic director shall complete the annual training as required by 105 CMR 201.007.
● Ensuring that the training requirements for staff, parents, volunteers, coaches and students are met, recorded, and records are maintained in accord with 105 CMR 201.016;
● Ensuring that all students meet the physical examination requirements consistent with 105 CMR 200.000: Physical Examination of School Children prior to participation in any extracurricular athletic activity;
● Ensuring that all students participating in extracurricular athletic activities have completed and submitted Pre-participation Forms, or school-based equivalents, prior to participation each season;
● Ensuring that student Pre-participation Forms, or school-based equivalents, are reviewed according to 105 CMR 201.009(A);
● Ensuring that Report of Head Injury Forms, or school-based equivalents, are completed by the parent or coach and reviewed by the coach, school nurse, certified athletic trainer and school physician as specified in 105 CMR 201.009(A);
● Ensuring that athletes are prohibited from engaging in any unreasonably dangerous athletic technique that endangers the health or safety of an athlete, including using a helmet or any other sports equipment as a weapon; and
● Reporting annual statistics to the Department in accord with 105 CMR 201.017.2. Responsibilities of Coaches
● Completing the annual training as required by 105 CMR 201.007;
● Reviewing Pre-participation Forms, or school-based equivalents, so as to identify those athletes who are at greater risk for repeated head injuries;
● Completing a Report of Head Injury Form, or school-based equivalent, upon identification of a student with a head injury or suspected concussion that occurs during practice or competition;
● Teaching techniques aimed at minimizing sports-related head injury;
● Discouraging and prohibiting athletes from engaging in any unreasonably dangerous athletic technique that endangers the health or safety of an athlete, including using a helmet or any other sports equipment as a weapon; and
● Identifying athletes with head injuries or suspected concussions that occur in practice or competition and removing them from play.
● Coaches are responsible for communicating promptly with the parent of any student removed from practice or competition as directed in 105 CMR 201,010( C) and with the athletic director and athletic trainer as directed in 105 CMR 201.010(D).
3. Responsibilities of the Certified Athletic Trainers
● Participating in the development and biannual review of the policies and procedures required by 105 CMR 201.006 for the prevention and management of sports-related head injuries within the school district or school;
● Completing the annual training as required by 105 CMR 201.007;
● Reviewing information from Pre-participation Forms, or school-based equivalents, which indicate a history of head injury and from Report of Head Injury Forms, or school-based equivalents, to identify students who are at greater risk for repeated head injuries;
● Identifying athletes with head injuries or suspected concussions that occur in practice or competition and removing them from play; and
● Participating, if available, in the graduated reentry planning and implementation for students who have been diagnosed with a concussion.
● relay information to the principal, athletic director, school nurse and guidance counselor regarding student athletes with a possible or confirmed concussion.
4. Responsibilities of the School Nurse
1. Participating in the development and biannual review of the policies and procedures required by 105 CMR 201.006 for the prevention and management of sports-related head injuries within the school district or school;
2. Completing the annual training as required by 105 CMR 201.007;
3. Participating in the graduated reentry planning for students who have been diagnosed with a concussion to discuss any necessary accommodations or modifications with respect to academics, course requirements, homework, testing, scheduling and other aspects of school activities consistent with a graduated reentry plan for return to full academic and extracurricular athletic activities after a head injury and revising the health care plan as needed;
4. Monitoring recuperating students with head injuries and collaborating with teachers to ensure that the graduated reentry plan for return to full academic and extracurricular athletic activities required by 105 CMR 201.010(E) is being followed; and
5. Providing ongoing educational materials on head injury and concussion to teachers, staff and students.
III. Record Maintenance
In accordance with Department regulations, as then in effect, athletic trainers, school nurses and athletic director will maintain the records of all athletes for three years or until the student graduates, whichever is later. The athletic director will keep a receipt of all training and materials for all coaching staff and volunteers. The following information will be kept on record with the athletic trainers and school nurses:
• Department Pre-participation Form
• Department Report of Head Injuries Forms
• Department Medical Clearance and Authorization Forms
• Reentry plan for return to full academic and extracurricular athletic activities •Verification of completion of annual training and receipt of materials
All records must be available to the Department of Public Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, upon request or in connection with any inspection or program review.
First Reading: 11/19/13
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee 12/10/13