The Algoma District School Board recognizes the importance of the health, safety and overall well-being of its students and is committed to taking steps to reduce the risk of injury. Research demonstrates that a concussion can have a significant impact on a student – cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially.
Children and adolescents are among those at greatest risk for concussions and while there is potential for a concussion any time there is body trauma, the risk is greatest during activities where collisions can occur, such as during school based physical activity programs (curricular, intramural, interschool), playground time or field trips.
In March of 2018, the Ontario government passed a law known as Rowan’s Law. Designed to protect amateur athletes, including students, and educate parents/guardians, coaches, teachers, and officials about the dangers of head injuries, it is the first law of its kind in Canada and benefits both athletes and non-athletes. Rowan’s Law is also about education. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity, and injury. Rowan’s Law will make it easier for those who experience concussions to SPEAK UP, get the help they need, and take the time necessary for recovery, with the support of everyone around them.
This year ADSB will be commemorating Rowan’s Law Day (#RowansLawDay) on Thursday, September 24th. It is a day to engage students, staff, and parents/guardians in activities that increase awareness about concussions and to share Rowan Stringer’s story. The tips, tools, and links to additional resources in this Toolkit are designed to encourage and support your participation.
- For additional information download, Rowan’s Law Day: Toolkit for Schools
Below is a list of important documents that provide information for parents, educators, students and coaches on concussion prevention, identification and management.