KANSAS PTA RESOLUTION - Report of Head Injuries during School Hours

Whereas,     approximately 1.4 million Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits occur each year in the United States

Whereas,     prevention to reduce occurrences of TBIs, improved acute care and rehabilitation to shrink the debilitating effects of a TBI continue to be high priority; and

Whereas,    within the United States there is an inconsistency in district policies regarding reporting of head injuries.



Whereas,    the failure to notify parent and/or guardians could result in serious consequences for the child including short term affects, such as concussions, or long term affects, such organ damage and possibly death; therefore be it

Resolved,     that National PTA and its Constituent Associations work to educate the public about the seriousness of Traumatic Brain Injuries; and be it further

Resolved,    that National PTA and its Constituent Associations work with legislatures to ensure that laws are in place to direct the state school board administrators and local board administrators in the reporting of Traumatic Brain injuries; and be it further

Resolved,     that National PTA and its Constituent Associations work with state and local board administrators in putting communication procedures in place for contacting parent and/or guardians at the time a head injury takes place during instructional time in a school setting.

Summary:
We as adults expect our schools to inform us when our child is injured. There are laws in place when it comes to protecting our children; child safety seats, texting while driving, driving after hours, etc. We expect policies/procedures in place on how to take care of injuries; especially head injuries.  A student who participates in afterschool sports and an injury occurs; policies/procedures are in place on how to take care of that injured child.  However, there is no such documentation that is consistent throughout the United States when it comes to injuries, specifically head injuries during instructional time in a school setting.

The most effective means of addressing reporting of head injuries during instructional time in a school setting is though an inclusive, district-wide program working with parents, students, administrators, teachers, and other school staff.  Programs develop an equally comprehensive, district-wide policy that includes a clear definition of traumatic head injuries and how school officials will respond.