2013-08-18 / News

STC school board discusses new concussion law

BY MANDILEE LOOMIS STAFF REPORTER

ST. CHARLES – The board both discussed and tabled an item regarding a new concussion law during its last regular board meeting at St. Charles Community Schools on Wednesday evening, Aug. 14.

The school’s policy 8595 is part of action under Public Acts 342 and 343 regarding new state concussion laws, in effect since June 30 of this year.

The new law requires all levels of schools and youth sports organizations throughout the state to “educate, train and collect forms for non-MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association) activities including physical education classes, intramural and out-of-season camps or clinics,” according to MHSAA.

The board tabled the issue during the meeting due to some wording conflictions, and also a non-majority vote. Three board members were absent in that of treasurer Duane Reyhl and trustees Tammy Fuller and Kari Garcia.

The new law sets forth requirements for youth sports organizations and schools’ non-MHSAA sport activities – though it should be noted that other concussion rules, first implemented in 2010, for MHSAA sports still remain in effect after the new law. This includes rules that state athletes meet completion requirements, as well as protocols regarding concussion removal and return-to-play policies.

In Superintendent Mike Decker’s words, the new law helps serve youth by “trying to bring youth sports up to par, so that coaches can recognize concussions at an early age and get the proper treatment.”

The item will be discussed again during the next (work-session) meeting on Sept. 4.

Other items discussed during last Wednesday’s meeting included the MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards) fall conference in October; superintendent Mike Decker’s evaluation process by the school board; board policy revisions; and the superintendent’s report.

Action items included the approval of the last meetings’ minutes and monthly expenditures.

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