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Returning to School

HEADS UP to Schools

For details on support services, as well as more information on helping kids and teens return to school after a concussion, see our HEADS UP to Schools section that contains information for teachers, parents, school nurses, and other school professionals.


Most kids and teens will only need help through informal, academic adjustments as they recover from a concussion. However for kids and teens with ongoing symptoms, a variety of formal support services may be available to help them during their recovery. These support services may vary widely among states and school districts. The type of support will differ based on the needs of each student. Some of these support services may include:

  • Response to Intervention Protocol (RTI)
  • 504 Plan
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Your child or teen may feel frustrated, sad, and even angry because she or he cannot return to school right away, keep up with schoolwork, or hang out as much with their friends. Talk often with your child or teen about this and offer your support and encouragement.

HEADS UP Video: Returning to School


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