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Leland and Gray Concussion Action Plan (PDF)

*******Leland and Gray Concussion Action Plan*******

Management of Sports-Related Concussions

Leland and Gray Union Middle/High School (LGUMHS) has developed this protocol to address the issue of the identification and management of concussions for students who participate in school sports. Act 68 was passed into law in 2013 and requires that schools have an action plan.

A safe return to activity protocol (learning and athletics) is important for all athletes following any injury, but it is essential after a concussion. The goal of this concussion protocol is to ensure that concussed athletes are identified, treated and referred appropriately for return to learn and return to play. Consistent use of a concussion management protocol will ensure that the athlete receives appropriate follow-up and/or academic accommodations in order to make certain that the athlete is fully recovered prior to returning to full athletic play activity.

This protocol will be reviewed annually by the Athletic and Activities Director. Changes and modifications will be reviewed and written notifications will be provided to athletic department staff, coaches and other appropriate school personnel.

All coaches are required to certify concussion management training every two (2) years. Parents and athletes must be educated about concussions annually.   The written documentation of coaches’ annual training shall be kept in the coach’s personnel file and the student/parents’ annual training will be kept in the student file and will be tracked by Marty Testo, Athletic and Activities Director.

Recognition of Concussion

These signs and symptoms – following a witnessed or suspected blow to the head or body – are indicative of a probable concussion.

Signs (observed by others)

Symptoms (reported by athlete)

Forgets plays

Appears dazed or stunned


Exhibits confusion


Unsure about game, score, opponent

Nausea or vomiting

Moves clumsily (altered coordination)

Double vision, blurry vision

Balance problems

Sensitive to light or noise

Personality change

Feels sluggish

Responds slowly to questions

Feels “foggy”

Forgets events prior to hit

Problems concentrating

Forgets events after the hit

Problems remembering

Loss of consciousness (not required )

Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion must be removed from competition or practice and will not be allowed to train or compete with a school athletic team or participate in Physical Education Classes until the athlete has been examined by and received written permission to participate in athletic activities from a health care provider (per Act 68, approved by the VT Legislature in 2013).  

Arlene Hanson, RN, School Nurse during school hours; Dr. Ruth Ann Dunn after hours if present at game; Grace Cottage Hospital Emergency Department doctor otherwise has been designated as the individual who can make the initial decision to remove a student athlete from play when it is suspected the athlete may have suffered a concussion.

Athletes with a suspected concussion should not be permitted to drive home.

School must notify parents/guardians within 24 hours if student sustains a concussion.

Arlene Hanson, RN, School Nurse during school hours within 24 hours; Marty Testo, Athletic and Activities Director on weekends; is the individual assigned to inform parents/guardians that their student/child may have sustained a concussion.

Act 68 requires that schools must outline the steps required before a student athlete can return to athletic or learning activity.

Return to Learn Protocol: The following steps are required before the student can return to academic activity (for more detail see Return to Learn Protocol – Section 7 of School Concussion Management Toolkit). The student is required to complete the RTL protocol and be symptom free for 24 hours before beginning the RTP protocol.

  1. Home - Total Rest
  2. Home – Light Mental Activity
  3. School – part time – maximum accommodations
  4. School - part time – moderate accommodations
  5. School – full time – minimal accommodations
  6. School – full time – full academics, no accommodations

Return to Play Protocol: For more detail see Return to Play Protocol – Section 8 of School Concussion Management Toolkit.

  • The return to play plan should start only when you have been without any symptoms for 24 hours.
  • It is important to wait for 24 hours between steps because symptoms may develop several hours after completing a step.
  • Do not take any pain medications while moving through this plan (no ibuprofen, aspirin, Aleve, or Tylenol).
  • This program should be supervised by an athletic trainer, school nurse or health care professional trained in the management of concussions

Step 1: Aerobic conditioning - Walking, swimming, or stationary cycling.

Step 2: Sports specific drills – running drills in soccer/basketball.

Step 3: Non-contact training drills – include more complex training drills (passing in soccer/basketball. Running specific pattern plays, etc).

Step 4: Full contact practice.

Step 5:Full clearance for return to play.

Arlene H. Hanson, RN, School Nurse, is that person designated by the school to approve the Graded Return to non-contact physical activities.

Arlene H. Hanson, RN, School Nurse, is the individual who will make the final decision regarding the student’s return to athletic activity.

Remember: When in doubt, sit them out!


Athletic Handbook for Students, Parents and Coaches



The purpose of this handbook is to serve coaches, athletes, parents and the Athletic Director as a guide for participation in sports at Leland and Gray. No handbook can be all-encompassing and anticipate all potential problems that may arise. However, it is hoped that this handbook will inform students, parents and coaches about the sports program at Leland & Gray; clarify important rules, policies and procedures; and reflect the philosophy of Leland and Gray's athletic program.


Athletics should provide a wholesome opportunity to develop physical fitness, skill, individual development and social development. It should provide opportunities that will allow the program to serve as a laboratory in which students may cope with problems and situations similar to those encountered in today's society. High quality leadership is a must. With good leadership, athletes should learn self-discipline and self-motivation, and develop good sportsmanship in both winning and losing. Just as the school expects the best from its athletes, students can expect Leland and Gray to provide quality staff and facilities to promote a valuable learning experience. Participation is encouraged. Leland and Gray acknowledges the importance of academics and athletics as partners in nurturing the physical, mental and social growth of its students. The middle school sports program is designed to be a learning opportunity. All students are provided an opportunity to excel. Participation regardless of ability is encouraged. In the middle school program, development of skills, knowledge and understanding of the game, and conditioning will be stressed while encouraging a positive, winning attitude. At the Varsity level, winning will be stressed, not on an "at any cost" basis, but rather as the natural result of a superior work ethic, positive attitude, directed teamwork, and knowledge of the game.


Eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics shall be based on the eligibility rules and athletic standards of the Vermont Principals Association, Inc., on this handbook, and on any additional standards approved by the Leland and Gray Principal or other school administration.


Students in grades 9 and 10 must take courses in all 4 blocks each semester (for school year 2015-2016, this may include an Academy). Grades 11 and 12 students must be scheduled for 3 blocks each semester (this may not include an Academy).

Students must maintain a grade point average of 70 for all courses with no more than one course failure. Students carrying 3 blocks must maintain a grade point average of 70 with no course failure.

Students entering Leland and Gray as either 7th or 9th graders are eligible to participate in all activities. Transfer students are academically eligible immediately upon the receipt of transcripts, provided their grades meet the above criteria.

Academic eligibility for any activity is established by grades earned during the previous quarter. For example, eligibility for fall sports will be based on grades earned during the previous fourth quarter marking period.

The Athletic and Activities Director will check all eligibility for athletics, theatre and music and provide a written list of all students who fall below these eligibility standards not later than one week after grades are mailed home at the conclusion of each quarter, and prior to the first VPA sanctioned high school practice for the fall sports.

Coaches will enter their team roster in the Digital Sports/ View My Schedule system, and deliver a hard copy to the Athletic and Activities Director not later than the 5th day after their first practice for each season.

Student athletes may become ineligible to participate in a sport at the close of any marking period, or at the discretion of the administration. Students who are academically ineligible may continue to practice with their team, but may not participate in any game or scrimmage until the probation requirements set forth below have been complied with.

In the event that any student athlete is determined to be academically ineligible, the Athletic and Activities Director will so advise that student-athlete and his or her coach.

Students who are ineligible at the beginning of a marking period may have their eligibility reinstated following the successful completion of the probationary program set forth below.



Students who are academically ineligible at the beginning of the marking period may enter the Athletic Probation Program. This requires the student-athlete to complete a Co-Curricular Eligibility Progress Report.

The Probation Program will consist of a series of evaluation periods of ten school days each throughout the next quarter. To regain and maintain eligibility, a student must, at the end of each two-calendar week evaluation period ending on alternating Fridays (an "evaluation period"), have a progress report signed by all of his/her respective teachers indicating the student's numerical grade point average in each class at that time. Blank progress report forms may be obtained from the Athletic and Activities Director. The student must deliver that form, as fully completed and signed, to the Athletic and Activities Director before their practice or game every other Friday during the quarter. If that Friday is not a school day, then the student will obtain and deliver the form to the AAD on the next regular school day. The AAD will email the coach, with a cc to the Principal, on or before the following Monday to confirm whether or not the student athlete on probation is then academically eligible.

Ineligible students will be allowed to practice, but will be suspended from playing in the first three games or scrimmages of that fall season. It is understood that after the three-game/scrimmage suspension, a student will be eligible to play and continue to play as long as he or she continues to meet the eligibility criteria for each evaluation period. Students found to be ineligible during any evaluation period may attempt to regain their eligibility in the next evaluation period. Games and scrimmages which are scheduled before the beginning of school, for fall sport athletes, will contribute to a student's three game/scrimmage suspension. Team members who are academically ineligible will not be allowed to leave school early for events when they’re ineligible to compete.

Students failing to meet the academic eligibility standard during any evaluation period are prohibited from participating in any games or scrimmages, but may continue to practice with their team. If the student meets the academic eligibility standards in the next succeeding evaluation period, his/her eligibility will immediately be reinstated on the last day of that evaluation period. Students who fail to meet these academic eligibility standards in two evaluation periods during any quarter (whether or not they are consecutive) while on athletic probation are not allowed to participate in games or scrimmages for the remainder of the quarter.

Middle School Eligibility

In order to maintain academic eligibility in grades 7 and 8, you must maintain a grade point average of 70 or above, and pass all of your classes for the quarter. If you are failing a class, you are still considered a member of the team and may continue to practice, but you are not permitted to participate in games or scrimmages. The process for regaining and maintaining eligibility for middle school students is the same as that for high school students except that (1) the evaluation period will be 5 school days instead of 10; (2) fall sport athletes will not be automatically suspended from competition at the beginning of the season.


It is the overwhelming opinion of health educators and coaches that athletes perform best when they follow intelligent training rules. These rules include restrictions on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. The coaches of Leland and Gray Union High School are concerned with the health habits of our student athletes, and are convinced that athletics/activities and the use of these substances are not compatible. Participation in athletics at Leland and Gray is a privilege and not a right, and all students, parents/guardians, and coaches must be aware of the applicable rules and regulations as set forth in detail in the 2015-2016 Student Handbook. By participating in any sport on any team at Leland and Gray, every student athlete and their parent(s) or guardians(s) acknowledge and accept those rules and regulations, and agree to comply with and be bound by them.


As a member of any team, students are representing not only themselves, but their team and school as well. It is a responsibility to be taken seriously. As representatives of Leland and Gray, student athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. Any student engaged in inappropriate behavior directed at opponents, officials, coaches or members of the public will be immediately suspended for the duration of that game or activity. Further disciplinary consequences which may include suspension or removal from the team will be determined by the Principal in consultation with the Athletic and Activities Director and the Coach. Frequency, attitude and severity of the offense will be considered in determining the nature and duration of any such suspension. Further, all members of sports teams are expected to be members in good standing not only as team members, but as citizens of the school as well. Failure to do so will result in sanctions and/or suspension from teams.


Prior to participation in any practice sessions or games for any sport, the following documents must be completed, signed and submitted to the coach. All of these forms may be found at the bottom of the page.

  • Pre-participation Physical Evaluation
  • Well Exam - Sports Participation Clearance Form
  • Athletic Parental Consent - Permission
  • Middle School Sports Contract
  • High School Sports Contract (with option to elect to purse .25 Physical Education Credit)


While traveling, all students must adhere to any safety rules required by the driver, coach or adviser.

  • All students must return on the school designated transportation.
  • All students traveling to an event are required to be neat, reasonably groomed and properly attired.
  • Exception: 
  • Participants can leave a game with their parent or guardian with the approval of the coach or advisor.
  • Participants leaving with any other adult must have a signed note by their parent or guardian and approved by the coach or advisor.


Following any injury, no matter how insignificant, the student athlete must report to the school nurse within 48 hours or as soon as the nurse is available, and the coach must complete and submitted the required form.


The criteria for end of season athletic awards will be explained at the first team practice of each season by the coach of each sport. The criteria are outlined below:

A. Certificate of Participation

A certificate of participation will be awarded to each athlete who finishes an athletic sport season in good standing and is on the final athletic award program roster.

B. Letters

The varsity letter will be given when: a) The athlete earns the letter by satisfactory participation at the varsity level for the first time during a particular year. b) After an athlete letters in a varsity sport or band, he or she will be awarded an additional pin to designate the sport, but not an additional letter. Varsity letters in all varsity sports shall be awarded upon the recommendation of the coach who will consider the following award criteria:

An athlete must:

  • Attend practice and games on a consistent and regular basis.
  • Observe all training rules and regulations as outlined in the Athletic Handbook and by the coach.
  • Display a cooperative spirit with the coach and his/her teammates.
  • Display good sportsmanship and respect for others on and off the field.
  • Participate in varsity games and the coach will use his/her judgment on whether the number of games played qualifies for varsity status.


L&G students must arrive at school before 7:55am, unless they have an excused reason for tardiness in order to participate in co-curricular activities on that day. At the start of each semester, a student is permitted to arrive to school tardy unexcused two times without co-curricular consequence. On the third tardy, the student will not be allowed to participate in co-curricular activities on that day.



Students shall return their uniforms to their coach immediately following the last game of the season. As with other school property loaned to a student, any loss or damage must be paid for by the student or his/her parent/guardian. Future participation in co-curricular activities may be denied for failing to return uniforms or to reimburse the school for lost or damaged articles.



In addition to those noted above, each coach will establish specific written team rules. These rules may include expectations regarding conditioning, behavior at practices and games, and any other guidelines. These rules may be subject to the approval of or revision by the Athletic Director and/or the Principal, and will be discussed with students at the commencement of each season. By signing the Sports Contract, the student and his/her parent/guardian acknowledges that he or she understands and agrees to be bound by all guidelines and rules pertaining to participation and eligibility.


  • Philosophy of the coach.
  • Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the squad.
  • Locations and times of all practices and contests.
  • Team requirements such as practices, special equipment, out-of-season conditioning.
  • Procedure followed should your child be injured during participation.
  • Misconduct that may result in the denial of your child's participation
  • Parents first express any concerns directly to the coach.
  • Parents notify the coach of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
  • Specific concerns with regard to a coach's philosophy and/or expectations with the coach.


As your children become involved in the programs at Leland and Gray, they will experience some of the most rewarding times of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child might hope. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged.


  • The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
  • Bullying, harassment or hazing.
  • Ways to help your child improve.
  • Concerns about your child's behavior.

It is very difficult to accept your child's not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for the entire team. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child's coach. Other things, such as those listed below, must be left to the discretion of the coach.


  • Team strategy
  • Play calling
  • Other student athletes
  • Playing time

There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent or guardian. Parent conferences are encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other's position. When these conferences are necessary or appropriate, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution of the issue or concern.


Call to set up an appointment. The Leland and Gray telephone number is 221-2100, and the coaches will give you their contact information at the beginning of the season. If the coach cannot be reached, you may call the Athletic and Activities Director (Ext 151) who will help set up an appointment between you and the coach.
Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These times do not typically afford sufficient privacy, and the coach has other responsibilities which must be addressed at that time. In addition, these can be emotional times for the parent/guardian, the players, and the coach. Accordingly, meetings at such times may not promote understanding or resolution.


Call to set up an appointment with the Athletic and Activities Director (221-2151) and discuss the situation.
If still unresolved, you may contact the appropriate Principal.


Equipment will be provided to the team members at the start of a practice season. The coach is responsible for all equipment and uniforms he/ she signs out to players.

At the end of the season it is the coach's responsibility to get all the equipment and uniforms back from the players immediately after the last game, and to complete an inventory check. Coaches must return all equipment and uniforms, together with that inventory check, as signed and dated by the coach, within seven days after the last game of the season.


All fundraising projects must have prior approval from the Athletic and Activities Director or from one of the Principals.


Leland and Gray is committed to providing a challenging, comprehensive education which will foster a lifetime of curiosity, learning, productivity and good citizenship. While academics are our primary concern, we recognize that athletics provide additional opportunities and challenges for personal growth and development. Through competition, students learn the importance of discipline, skill development, fitness, and respect for rules. Athletics becomes a model  for good citizenship, good sportsmanship, and a lesson in the value of teamwork.It is important that students, parents, and interested individuals be aware of necessary rules and regulations. As a member of the Vermont Principals' Association (VPA), Leland and Gray requires its athletes to conform to all rules and regulations of the VPA, as well as those adopted by Leland and Gray. Questions regarding rules and regulations should be directed to the Athletic and Activities Director.


Complete by-laws and policies can be found at: www.vpaonline.org Participants in all interscholastic athletic activities must have a minimum of ten (10) practice sessions before competing in interscholastic contests. No student may participate in any VPA-sanctioned activity without providing evidence to the student's school administration or designee prior to participation in an activity showing that the participant is covered under some private or public health insurance program for the medical care for injuries that may be suffered on account of participation in an activity.

Leland & Gray Snowboarding

For the Winter of 2019-20, we will be in a "club" mode and will be rebuilding the team for the following season.

The team is open to all grades, but the Competition team is limited to 9th through 12th grades and this team is determined by ability and classroom grades.
The Competition Team will be competing at venues all across Southern Vermont; at Mount Snow, Okemo, Killington and Bromley Mountains. The State Championships are typically held during the first week of March over the course of two days.


 Fall Athletics

Winter Athletics

Spring Athletics

Boys and Girls Middle School soccer Boys and Girls Middle School Basketball Middle school baseball
High School Boys JV and Varsity soccer High School Unified Basketball Middle School softball
High School Girls JV and Varsity Soccer High School Boys JV and Varsity basketball High School JV and Varsity baseball
High School Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country High School Girls JV and Varsity basketball High School JV and Varsity softball
    High School Ultimate Disc
    High School Track and Field



Important Link for online forms:

Forms must be submitted on or before the first day of practice.


Click here for current Sports online registration.


Member to Member Participation Procedures

Information for students who do not attend Leland and Gray, but who hope to play on a Leland and Gray athletics team. For additional information, please contact the director of athletics and activities at 221-2151.


Sports Medicine Information, Concussion Management Information

Concussion Management Information Click here (external Site, will open in a new window)

  1. A Fact Sheet for Athletes (PDF)
  2. A Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF)
  3. A Fact Sheet for Coaches (PDF)
  4. A Parent's Guide to Concussion in Sports (PDF)
  5. Concussion Action Plan for Leland and Gray (PDF)

Please see Digital Sports for all practices, games, presentations, and more. (external Site, will open in a new window)