Today, Governor Hochul signed into law legislation requiring non-public schools to abide by the Concussion Management Awareness Act of 2011. NYSSOS has been a strong advocate of this legislation (S973/A8425).
Under the new law, non-public schools must now meet the same concussion training and protocol standards as public schools, including: requiring biennial training for coaches, physical education teachers, nurses and athletic trainers on the signs and symptoms of concussions and the guidelines for returning to school; requiring the immediate removal of a student from athletic activities if it is believed they have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury; authorizing schools to establish concussion management teams; and other provisions.
NYSSOS and our partners worked with Legislative leaders to ensure passage of the legislation, and after its passage in the Senate and Assembly sent a formal letter to Governor Hochul requesting that she sign the bill into law.
We are grateful to the Governor and the Legislature for providing these necessary protections for non-public school students.