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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Rowan's Law Day

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

 

 
The last Wednesday of each September has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety.  
  • Please join the Toronto Catholic District School Board in remembering Rowan Stringer by promoting concussion safety through the following suggested tools. 
  • Show your support on Twitter for #RowansLawDay by sharing your stories and learning the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  
  • Download Rowan’s Law Day Toolkit for Schools https://teachingtools.ophea.net/sites/default/files/pdf/sg_rldtoolkit_en_18jn19.pdf

 

School-wide acknowledgment of Rowan’s Law Day:

  • Daily announcements:
    Address concussion education in your school’s morning or end-of-day announcements using content from the Toolkit.
  • Share Rowan’s story with students and colleagues – and encourage your school community to wear purple (Rowan’s favorite colour) on Rowan’s Law Day.
  • Host a school-wide assembly to support student learning about concussions and the importance of speaking up about an injury to the head. For tips, view the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada's Team Up Speak Up speaker/school assembly program. Interested in having someone speak at your school?  Try contacting your local Brain Injury Association or public health unit.

 

Resources for Classroom Teachers:

https://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/rowans-law-day-toolkit-schools

  • Printable posters:
    Posters can also be printed and coloured by younger students as part of your concussion awareness strategy. Consider having a colouring contest or having students create their own posters based on what they learn about concussion. 
  • https://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/rowans-law-day-toolkit-schools/downloadable-posters

  • Student projects & in-class discussions:
    Engage students using activities or projects that help them learn about concussions and that reinforce the message that a bump to the head or body may need medical attention and time to heal. It’s “OK” to take a break! Students who have had concussions may also share their experiences, encouraging others to SPEAK UP if they too are ever injured.

 

Staff Education:

Concussion awareness is a shared responsibility – which is why all staff at your school should know the signs and symptoms and be aware of the TCDSB concussion policy. Encourage your colleagues to make use of the following resources:

 

Suggested Videos:

View these videos with your students and school community to promote awareness and spark discussion about head injuries and concussions:

 
 
 
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