Concussions & Head Injuries

Concussions and head injuries are commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents and can have serious consequences if not managed properly. The School has partnered with New York University Langone Health (NYULH) to develop a Concussion Management Policy to support the proper academic management of concussions.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. This sudden movement can cause the brain to move in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. It is important to recognize that even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness and some students may not experience and/or report symptoms until hours or days after the injury.

Concussions are serious and potentially life threatening. Medical management of concussions is evolving and we aim to safely return students to academics after injury. To accomplish this, we have established a policy that aids in the return to academics’ procedures after sustaining a concussion. This policy will be reviewed by the Ethical Culture Fieldston School Concussion Management Team and the New York University Langone Health Concussion Management Team on an annual basis.

Guidelines from the following national and international medical organizations served as resources:

Return to Sports

Please note that the Return to Sports Concussion Management Policy varies slightly from the Return to Academics policy displayed on this page. The Return to Sports Policy is administered through the Athletic Department's Athletic Trainer's Office and is available here

ECFS Concussion Policy 2021-2022 Final.pdf

Policy and Procedures for Concussion Management

ECFS Concussion Accomodation Form final.pdf

Concussion Accommodation Form

ECFS Symptom Tracking Form final.pdf

Concussion Symptom Tracking Form

ECFS Physician Concussion Return to School Form final.pdf

Physician Concussion Return to School Form

ECFS Parents Concussion Recovery Guide final.pdf

Parent/Guardian Concussion Recovery Guide

ECFS Workflow Map Final.pdf

Concussion Management Workflow Map

Concussion Management and Awareness Act "CMAA"

On November 22, 2022, Governor Hochul signed into law Bill S973, which amends the Education Law by requiring private schools to abide by the mandates of the Concussion Management and Awareness Act (“CMAA”) of 2011. Under the new law, New York private schools must comply with the same concussion management protocols and standards that public schools have followed for the past decade.

Broadly speaking, the CMAA imposes several key requirements. 

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Additional Concussion Information

ECFS Return-to-Learn Concussion Policy made in partnership with

ECFS Return-to-Play Concussion Policy made in partnership with