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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies Title 26, Chapter 53, Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act,
10 by clarifying the requirements of a school nurse engaged in treating a student who
11 sustains a concussion or traumatic head injury.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . permits a school nurse to assess a child who sustains a concussion or traumatic head
15 injury during school hours on school property; and
16 . prohibits a school nurse from providing a written statement permitting the child to
17 return to free play or physical education class after sustaining a concussion or
18 traumatic head injury unless the nurse has been trained in the evaluation and
19 management of a head injury.
20 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 26-53-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 26-53-401 is enacted to read:
30 26-53-401. School nurses evaluating student injuries.
31 (1) A school nurse may assess a child who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a
32 traumatic head injury during school hours on school property regardless of whether the nurse
33 has received specialized training in the evaluation and management of a concussion.
34 (2) A school nurse who does not meet the requirements of Subsections
35 26-53-301 (1)(b)(i) and (1)(b)(ii)(A), but who assesses a child who is suspected of sustaining a
36 concussion or traumatic head injury under Subsection (1):
37 (a) shall refer the child to a qualified health care provider who is trained in the
38 evaluation and management of a concussion; and
39 (b) may not provide a written statement permitting the child to resume participation in
40 free play or physical education class under Subsection 26-53-301 (1)(b)(ii).
41 (3) A school nurse shall undergo training, described in Section 53A-6-112 , in the
42 evaluation and management of a concussion, as funding allows.
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