Healthy Schools: Concussions Safety

Information for parents, educators, students and coaches on concussion prevention, identification and management

Concussion safety is a core component of the Ministry of Education's student injury prevention work to help all students succeed and lead safe, healthy and active lives.

On March 7, 2018, the Ontario government enacted Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, and amended the Education Act, to protect amateur athletes, including students, by improving concussion safety on the field and at school.

Rowan's Law was developed in response to recommendations made by the Rowan's Law Advisory Committee. The Committee suggested 21 actions for government to help prevent concussions in the future. Read the report of the Rowan's Law Advisory Committee.

As part of its commitment to student safety, injury prevention and well-being, the Ministry of Education supports concussion awareness, prevention, identification, management, tracking, and training in schools through legislation, policy, and resources.

Legislation/Policy Direction to School Boards

The Ministry of Education provides policy direction to school boards, school authorities, and Provincial and Demonstration schools through Program/Policy Memorandum (PPM) 158: School Board Policies on Concussion. PPM 158 requires the development and maintenance of a school board concussion policy to address concussion safety across all school and school board activities.

The amendments to the Education Act came into force on July 1, 2019, and give the Minister of Education the authority to require school boards to comply with policy and guidelines on concussions, consistent with Rowan's Law.

In addition, through the revised Grades 1-8 Health and Physical Education curriculum, students have enhanced opportunities to learn about concussions. The secondary school curriculum also contains learning expectations related to concussions. The Health and Physical Education curriculum for Grades 9-12 includes concussion-related prompts and examples to support student learning

Resources

The Ministry of Education has made a number of resources available to support school boards with implementation of PPM 158 including:

Parents/guardians, students/student athletes, educators, coaches and school boards can also learn more about concussion awareness, prevention, identification, and management through ontario.ca/concussions. This website contains evidence-based concussion safety resources including:

Additional Resources