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Dr. Peter Thompson, DCSD tout a team approach to treating concussions in student athletes

Traumatic Brain Injury team provides guidance for concussion response

DOUGLAS COUNTY – According to the Centers for Disease Control, hundreds of thousands of students in grades K-12 sustain concussions caused by sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls each year. The risk of injury increases for the approximately 60% of high school students who play on school-sponsored teams.

Principal's Research Review

DCSD is fortunate to have a nationally recognized Traumatic Brain Injury team (TBI) safeguarding students. Led by Dr. Peter Thompson, the team has three primary missions:  establish professional relationships within the pediatric brain injury community; identify and support students with brain injuries; and, educate and train District personnel.

DCSD has one of the strictest concussion policies in Colorado. “Sometimes we have to say, ‘hey kiddo, we care too much about your brain and your development than to put you at risk for more.  Not only concussions but just hitting your head multiple times, sub-concussive blows that can have ramifications 10 to 20 years out,” Thompson explained. “It’s brains before brawns, that’s how we look at it.”

This summer, Principal’s Research Review featured the DCSD Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) team. View article

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September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Athletics and Activities, Nursing Services, Mental Health Intervention

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.