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Concussion Policy Drafted for Chappaqua Student Athletes

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education has drafted a concussion policy for student athletes at the request of the state.

"We've been working very closely with our school physician, with (Athletic Director Steve Young), our policy committee and our lawyers to draft something and this is what we consider a first read," said Board of Education President Alyson Kiesel. "Obviously we’re very concerned about our student athletes and protecting them."

According to Kiesel, the district is required to have a finalized policy in place by July 31. Kiesel said the policy could requre such preventative measures as screening for athletes participating in contact sports.

The board will continue working on the draft to determine how much of the district will be covered by the policy. Since the unfunded state mandate will be the first initiative of its kind in the district, board member Randy Katchis anticipates the policy will not be as expansive initially.

"I think agreeably you’d like to have every student go through it in case they fell in the hallway," Katchis said. "I think you’re starting at the fat part of the Bell curve and working your way out from a cost perspective and managing the data."

Despite only being in its first draft, Katchis believes the school is heading in the right direction with the policy. Katchis said it makes sense for the final decision to lie with a doctor rather the parents and students themselves.

"The student and the parents wanna get their kids back too soon, and that’s really detrimental," Katchis said. "In the old days, you just rung your bell, used some smelling salts and you’re fine."

The board will re-visit the policy at future meetings to decide what preventative measures will be taken and how many students will be covered.

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