ASSEMBLY, No. 4207

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 23, 2015

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman† PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman† PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman† DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman† MILA M. JASEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Assemblyman† GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Giblin, Wimberly and Assemblywoman Spencer

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires public school student with concussion to be evaluated by physician before return to school and school district to provide accommodations to student as needed.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning the health of students and supplementing chapter 40 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† A student enrolled in a school district who sustains a concussion shall receive an evaluation by a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and written clearance from the physician to return to school.† In the event that the physician provides notice that the student requires accommodations for learning, the school district shall immediately implement the accommodations and shall notify all teachers and staff who have contact with students of the accommodations.† The †school districtís child study team shall promptly evaluate the student in order to identify the manner in which the accommodations will be provided to the student during recovery and the need for the continuation or adjustment of the accommodations, and to determine the duration of the accommodations.

†††† b.††† A student enrolled in a school district who sustains a concussion is prohibited from engaging in any physical activity at school including, but not limited to, recess, physical education, sports, or cheerleading, and shall not participate in any physical activity at school until he is evaluated by a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and receives written clearance from the physician to participate in physical activity.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill provides that a student enrolled in a school district who sustains a concussion must receive an evaluation by a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and written clearance from the physician to return to school.† In the event that the physician provides notice that the student requires accommodations for learning, the school district must immediately implement the accommodations and notify all teachers and staff who have contact with the student of the accommodations.† The school districtís child study team will promptly evaluate the student in order to identify the manner in which the accommodations will be provided to the student during recovery and the need for the continuation or adjustment of the accommodations, and to determine the duration of the accommodations.

†††† The bill also provides that a student enrolled in a school district who sustains a concussion is prohibited from engaging in any physical activity at school including, but not limited to, recess, physical education, sports, or cheerleading.† The student may not participate in any physical activity until he is evaluated by a physician and receives written clearance to participate.

†††† The sponsorís intent is to have the child study team use the physicianís diagnosis and recommendations to guide accommodations upon the studentís return to school for the period of time prescribed by the physician.