Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Repeals provisions of the Code concerning concussions and head injuries and student athletes. Sets forth provisions concerning the prevention, treatment, and oversight of concussions affecting student athletes instead. Requires the governing body of each school district and charter school with students enrolled who participate in an interscholastic athletic activity to appoint or approve a concussion oversight team. Requires each concussion oversight team to establish a return-to-play protocol for a student's return to interscholastic athletics practice or competition following a force or impact believed to have caused a concussion. Sets forth provisions concerning the members of the concussion oversight team; the provision of concussion information to a student and the student's parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student; the removal of a student from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition if he or she might have sustained a concussion; training courses for coaches, athletic trainers, and certain other health care professionals; the development of a venue-specific emergency action plan; immunity; and rulemaking. Makes technical changes having a revisory function. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act that applies to youth sports activities sponsored or sanctioned by a youth sports league, other than interscholastic athletic activities. Provides that each youth sports league with players who participate in any youth-sponsored sports activity sponsored or sanctioned by the youth sports league is encouraged to make available educational materials that describe the nature and risks of concussions and head injuries. Amends the Park District Code to provide that park districts are subject to the Act. Amends the School Code. Repeals provisions of the Code concerning concussions and head injuries and student athletes. Instead, sets forth provisions concerning concussions and head injuries and student athletes that apply to public and private elementary and secondary schools, including charter schools. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 3 Provides that a park district is subject to and shall comply with the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act if the park district is directly responsible for organizing and providing a sponsored youth sports activity as a youth sports league by registering the players and selecting the coaches (instead of if the park district offers a sponsored youth sports activity as a youth sports league).
Senate Committee Amendment No. 4 Removes a reference to a "licensed healthcare professional" otherwise holding a professional license from the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in the field of healthcare. With respect to a student and the student's parent or guardian or another person with legal authority providing consent, adds a reference to an athletic trainer's written statement being disclosed to the appropriate persons. Makes other changes concerning athletic trainers.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 5 Provides for a school-specific (rather than venue-specific) emergency action plan. Requires the plan to be posted at all venues utilized by the school (rather than all venues). Removes a provision requiring the school-specific emergency action plan to be rehearsed annually.