Superintendent's Memo #026-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 28, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Board of Educationís Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes, Senate Bill 652, Passed by the 2010 General Assembly

The 2010 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to include §22.1-271.5 directing the Board of Education to develop and distribute to school divisions by July 1, 2011, guidelines for policies dealing with concussions in student-athletes, and to define appropriate licensed health care providers authorized to evaluate and provide written clearance for return to play.

On January 13, 2011, the Board of Education adopted the proposed Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes. A copy of the Guidelines can be found online at

Senate Bill 652 also required each school division to develop policies and procedures:

The complete text of Senate Bill 652 is available at:

The Department of Education requests that the information in this memorandum be shared with your school board, athletic departments, and members of your education community.

For additional information about the Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health, physical, and driver education and athletics, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.