The Juneau School District Board of Education is expected to finalize a district policy — which adopts state law — on procedures for handling concussions.
The policy removes an athlete from participation in sports when they are identified as either having, or suspected of having a concussion. They cannot begin participation again until they are cleared by a health professional who is licensed to do so. The updated policy also includes education components for coaches, parents and athletes on concussions. Technically, the law states a player cannot return unless they are cleared by someone “certified in concussion management,” however, the district has pointed out there is no such “generally recognized certification.” The district said it will instead, in its guidelines, use the definition of someone legally able to return a student to play. The district states the Alaska Student Activities Association is working on getting that language clarified with the Legislature.
Since the law went into effect in August, the district has already been using the new policy, but must still approve the guidelines.
In other business, the board will take a final look at pupil transportation. First Student, the district’s current busing provider, indicated it is still interested in providing service in Juneau. It has had five-year contracts with the district, and the newly proposed contract will also extend for another five years if approved. Board packet information states other providers have not been considered because none have submitted a proposal. The district packet states First Student would likely still be the best pricing option, as there are no other local providers of that capacity in Juneau, and it would likely cost another company a considerable amount of money to transport a fleet of 43 buses. In the pros and cons section of the agenda item, it lists a “con” that without a bidding process, there isn’t a way to confirm that First Student would be the lowest cost provider.
The board also will take a look at approving the food services contract with NANA Management Services. Staff recommendation is to approve a second contract extension.
The board meets at 6:15 p.m. today in the Juneau-Douglas High School Library.
For a full agenda and related documents see www.juneauschools.org/board/meetings/packets.
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