The Oakridge School continues to take steps to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, working to support the health and well-being of our community. Campus is closed and our Distance Learning Plan is in effect until at least Friday, May 1. Please visit www.theoakridgeschool.org/coronavirus for full updates.
Magnus Health Student Medical Records
The Oakridge School in 2018 shifted all student medical information to Magnus Health Student Medical Record (SMR). The online database includes less paperwork for parents to complete each school year and has more accurate information that is accessible to parents and the appropriate employees at our school. Information may be found at the link below:
The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning by focusing on the overall wellness of each student. As the administrator of health services and advocate for health rights of children, the school nurse evaluates and manages students’ health concerns. The school nurse also provides services including state-mandated screenings, first aid, emergency care, and emotional support. All duties are performed in a manner that is consistent with professional standards, as well as state and local statutes.
· Nurse’s Notes
· Specific Guidelines
· Policies for Health Conditions
· When to keep your child home from school
· Immunization Records
The school nurse provides school faculty and staff with current information about students’ health concerns on a confidential, need to know basis.
Medications, both prescription and non-prescription, are given throughout the school day by the nurse as requested by parents and/or child’s physician.
The nurse maintains up-to-date medical records, with authorizations to administer medicine. The nurse provides statistical information on immunization and screenings (vision, hearing, scoliosis, and Acanthosis Nigricans) to the state.
Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. To become a certified athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in athletic training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state. Athletic trainers are required to comply with National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) ethical standards and practice acts while remaining current with their continuing education requirements to remain certified.
The athletic training staff at The Oakridge School strives to provide every student-athlete with the most comprehensive, highest quality individual sports medicine health care available in a professional, efficient, compassionate and service-oriented manner. A diversified program of prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation assures a positive healthy recovery experience, an improved quality of life, a safe return to full athletic participation and continued athletic success.
Counseling Programs & Services
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines That Fall Under Mental Health Services
· Emotional and Social Services Oakridge Provides
Pre-Participation Physical Examination
All students participating in Oakridge Athletics in grades 7-12 are required to have an annual pre-participation physical examination. The medical evaluation shall be performed by a licensed physician, a certified nurse practitioner, or a certified physician assistant under the supervision of a licensed physician.
These completed forms must be submitted onto Magnus prior to the beginning of your child’s competitive season. No student will be allowed to participate in any Oakridge athletics without completing and submitting their pre-participation physical examination.
Physician Referrals and Return to Participation Guidelines
The Oakridge School requires that any athlete seen by a physician must have written approval returned to the Athletic Trainer’s office in order for the athlete to continue participating in practice/competition. If a physician’s note is not returned to the Athletic Trainer, the athlete will be held out of participation until a note is received.
The Athletic Trainer, as the primary injury management professional, following a physician’s release, will determine if an athlete should return to activity based on a complete functional assessment of the athlete and the determination that the athlete is both physically and mentally ready to return. The concern for our athlete’s health must be the primary factor when determining their status for continued athletic participation following an injury.
Injury Management & Reporting Policy
The services provided by athletic trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Any injury that is a result of activities associated with Oakridge Athletics needs to be reported as soon as possible to an athletic trainer. All student athletes should report to the athletic training room for injury evaluation and treatment.
When the athletic trainer deems a significant injury has occurred, parents or legal guardians will be notified, and appropriate medical care will be recommended. For all other injuries sustained by student athletes, on-site evaluation, appropriate acute care treatments, follow-up treatments, and rehabilitation will be provided.
Concussion Management Policy
Based on current standards of care and in compliance with Texas state law, The Oakridge School established the following concussion policy. All athletic trainers, coaches, student-athletes, and parents shall follow these procedures and policies concerning the care and diagnosis of concussions
Definition - A concussion is a disturbance in the function of the brain caused by a direct or indirect force to the head or body. It results in a variety of symptoms and may, or may not, involve memory problems or loss of consciousness.
Signs and Symptoms of Concussion - Athletes generally report one or more of the following symptoms: headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or loss of balance, slurred speech, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or noise, fatigue, drowsiness, memory loss or confusion.
It is also important to note that no two concussions are the same and all do not present with the same symptoms or timeline for recovery. Each student-athlete’s case will be handled individually based upon the initial symptoms.
Treatment for Concussion - Any player who shows signs, symptoms, or behavior associated with a concussion must be removed from practice or competition and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.
· Academic Accommodations following a Concussion - Recovery from a concussion requires cognitive rest and limitations of physical activity to allow the brain to heal. The athletic trainers will communicate with the appropriate division heads and school nurse to make academic accommodations as needed based on their symptoms. Accommodations can be as simple as limiting assignments, allowing greater time to complete course work, no quizzes and tests, or the student may need to stay at home while symptoms are present. Once the student-athlete is asymptomatic for 24 hours and has passed the ImPACT test, the athletic trainer will inform the division head that the student has returned to normal cognitive function and no longer needs academic accommodations because of the concussion.
· ImPACT Testing - The ImPACT Test is a computerized neurocognitive exam that evaluates an individual’s brain function. It has been validated as an accurate measure of brain function recovery following a sports concussion. All of our student-athletes in grades 7-12 complete a baseline test every two years. And if he or she were to sustain a concussion a repeat test will be performed to compare to the baseline. This helps show the degree of injury and help measure when recovery has occurred. This also helps the Athletic Training Staff and physicians make better decisions on academic and athletic modifications.
Policy - The Oakridge School requires all athletes who have sustained a concussion to be evaluated by a licensed health care professional and complete the return-to-play protocol (RTP) prior to returning to competition.
Return to Play Protocol
Step 1 - Rest, until symptom free (physical and cognitive rest)
Step 2 - Once asymptomatic for 24-hours take the ImPACT neurocognitive exam
Step 3 - The athlete must display normal cognitive function as exhibited on a baseline ImPACT neurocognitive exam and postural stability balance testing
Step 4 - Once the student-athlete is medically cleared to return to physical activity, athletic trainers at The Oakridge School follow a stepwise sequence to return to full sports activity. Each step should be separated by 24 hours and the student-athlete should not be allowed to advance to the next step if symptoms reappear:
RTP 1- light aerobic activity (bike or elliptical) 10-20 minutes
RTP 2- aerobic (jogging or elliptical) & resistive training for 20-30 minutes
RTP 3- sport specific functional drills or non-contact practice
RTP 4- full contact activity
If symptoms return during any step, the student-athlete must go back to the previous step and begin again after 24 hours.
Total days missed will vary and are determined by how long it takes for symptoms to resolve, and/or if any steps have to be repeated.
Step 5 - The student-athlete will be cleared to return to full participation after the following requirements are met: completion of the RTP protocol (Steps 1-4) while remaining symptom free; consent given from a licensed health care professional; and all appropriate documents submitted to the athletic trainer.
TAPING AND BRACING
Taping and bracing will be done at the discretion of the Oakridge Athletic Training staff, or by written request from a physician. It can be used for preventative measures, for acute injury, and during post-injury rehabilitation. Injuries should not be expected to be alleviated by taping alone. Appropriate treatment and rehabilitation should be done under the direction of the athletic trainers.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medication will only be distributed to student athletes at the time of an injury or when the Athletic Trainer deems appropriate. Students seeking daily dosage of any over-the-counter medications should consult their physician. Please make sure you’ve completed a Consent to Administer Medication form on Magnus if you wish for any OTC medication to be administered to your child.