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AB-1449 School districts: athletics: concussions and head injuries.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1449


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Hayashi

January 05, 2012


An act to amend Section 49475 of the Education Code, relating to school athletics.


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AB 1449, as introduced, Hayashi. School districts: athletics: concussions and head injuries.
Existing law requires a school district that elects to offer an athletic program to receive, on a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet that is signed by the athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition.
This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and make available on the State Department of Education’s Internet Web site a concussion and head injury information sheet that a school district may use to fulfill this requirement.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 49475 of the Education Code is amended to read:

49475.
 (a) If a school district elects to offer an athletic program, the school district shall comply with both of the following:
(1) An athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in an athletic activity shall be immediately removed from the activity for the remainder of the day, and shall not be permitted to return to the activity until he or she is evaluated by a licensed health care provider, trained in the management of concussions, acting within the scope of his or her practice. The athlete shall not be permitted to return to the activity until he or she receives written clearance to return to the activity from that licensed health care provider.
(2) On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition.
(b) The Superintendent shall develop and make available on the department’s Internet Web site a concussion and head injury information sheet that a school district may use to fulfill the requirements of this section.

(b)

(c) This section does not apply to an athlete engaging in an athletic activity during the regular schoolday or as part of a physical education course required pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 51220.