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FHS All Athlete Night 2014. Fairhaven High School “All Athlete Night” 6:30 PM Performing Arts Center Agenda. 6:30 – 6:35 Welcome – Scott Francis, Athletic Director 6:35 – 6:45 Mass Laws and School Policies (hazing, harassment, bullying) 6:45 – 6:50 On-Line Registration, Baseline Testing

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fairhaven high school all athlete night 6 30 pm performing arts center agenda
Fairhaven High School“All Athlete Night”6:30 PMPerforming Arts CenterAgenda

6:30 – 6:35 Welcome – Scott Francis, Athletic Director

6:35 – 6:45 Mass Laws and School Policies (hazing, harassment, bullying)

6:45 – 6:50 On-Line Registration, Baseline Testing

6:50 – 7:05Injuries, Concussions, Medical Concerns – Beth Chartier-Grier, FHS Athletic Trainer

Dr. Chad Beattie, Hawthorne Medical

7:05 – 7:45 Team Breakout Sessions – “Meet The Coach”

Cheerleading – Gymnasium Cross Country – Rm. 114

Field Hockey – Rm. 111M Golf – Rm. 113

Boy’s Soccer – Rm. 107M Girl’s Soccer – Rm. 007

Volleyball – P.A.C.




2014 – 2015







Massachusetts Hazing Law

    • GENERAL LAWS 269:17, 18, 19
  • Section 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one, [sic] year, or both such fine and imprisonment.
  • The term ``hazing'' as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
  • Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
  • Section 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
  • 269:19 Copy of secs. 17-19; issuance to students and student groups, teams and organizations; report
  • Section 19. Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team, or student organization, a copy of this section and sections

seventeen and eighteen; provided, however, that an institution's compliance with this section's requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student groups, teams, or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution's recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations.

Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgement stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and eighteen, that each of its member, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.

Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who enrolls as a full time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.

Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall file, at least annually, a report with the regents of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams or organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen and also certifying that said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communication the institution's policies to its students. The board of regents and, in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report.

newly enacted state laws relevant to child and school safety
NEWLY ENACTED STATE LAWSRelevant to Child and School Safety

Criminal Harassment:

“An Act Relative to the Crime of Criminal Harassment,”G.L. c. 265 sec. 43A, makes it a crime to willfully and maliciously engage in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person, which seriously alarms that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Conduct or acts may include, but are not limited to, those made by using any telephonic or telecommunication device such as e-mail or Internet communications.

The crime is punishable by imprisonment in the house of correction for up to two and-one-half years, a $1000 fine, or imprisonment and fine. A second or subsequent offense carries a potential penalty of ten years in state prison.

Massachusetts did not have an anti-bullying statute. However, this criminal harassment statute may apply in instances of serious and persistent bullying.

Chapter 265: Section 43. Stalking; punishment.


  • willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and
  • makes a threat with the intent to place the person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury,

shall be guilty of the crime of stalkingand shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or both. Such conduct, acts or threats described in this paragraph shall include, but not be limited to, conduct, acts or threats conducted by mail or by use of a telephonic or telecommunication device including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications and facsimile communications.



  • Revised – 9/10/10
  • Report of the Incident: (Reports may be made anonymously, but no disciplinary action will be taken against an alleged aggressor solely on the basis of an anonymous report.)
  • Information about the Incident: Check:
  • Please identify the alleged aggressor: ________________________ □ Student □ Staff □ Other
  • Grade________
  • Please identify the person(s) targeted by the aggressor: __________ □ Student □ Staff □ Other
  • Grade_______
  • Date(s) of incident: ___________________________
  • Time when incident(s) occurred: _____________________________
  • Incident location (be as specific as possible):__________________________________________
  • 2. Witnesses: (List people who saw the incident or have relevant information about the incident):
  • Name: ___________________________________  Student  Staff  Other
  • Name: ___________________________________  Student  Staff  Other
  • 3. Describe the incident in detail including the name of person involved, what was said and done, specific words used.
  • Use additional paper if necessary.
  • Check:
  • 4. Person Completing Form: ________________________________  Student  Staff  Other
  • School: East Fairhaven School  Wood School  Fairhaven High School
  •  Rogers School  Hastings Middle School
  • Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: _________________
  • 5. Form given to:_________________________ Position:_____________ Date:___________
  • II. Investigation
  • Investigator:______________________________ Position:________________________
  • Interviews:
  • □ Interviewed aggressor Name: ____________________________ Date: _________________
  • □ Interviewed target Name: ____________________________ Date: _________________
  • □ Interviewed witnesses Name: ____________________________ Date _________________
  • Name: ____________________________ Date:_________________

3.Any prior documented incidents by the aggressor? □ Yes □ No

  • If yes, has aggressor targeted target or target group previously? □ Yes □ No
  • Any previous incidents with findings of BULLYING, HARASSMENT or RETALIATION?□ Yes□ No
  • Summary of Investigation: ______________________________________________________
  • ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • (Please use additional paper and attach to this document as needed)
  • III. Conclusions from the Investigation:
  • 1. Finding:□ Yes □ No
  • □ Bullying (Please complete Tracking Form) □ Incident documented as _____________
  • □ Harassment (Please complete Tracking Form)
  • □ Discipline referral only_______________
  • □ Retaliation (Please complete Tracking Form)
  • 2. Contacts:
  • □ Contacted target’s parent/guardian □ Contacted aggressor’s parent/guardian □ District Equity Coordinator (DEC)
  • □ Police □ Principal/Superintendent
  • 4. Action Taken:
  • □ Loss of Privileges □ Detention □ STEP referral □ Suspension □ Community Service □ Education □ New Bedford Youth Court □ Other ________________________________
  • 5. Describe Safety Planning: _____________________________________________________
  • Follow-up with Target: Scheduled for:_______________ Initial and date when completed:_______________
  • Follow-up with Aggressor: Scheduled for:_______________ Initial and date when completed:_____________
  • Signature: _____________________________________________________ Date: ___________
  • Revised 9/10/10
massachusetts interscholastic athletic association

45. Loyalty to the High School Team: Bona Fide Team Members

A bona fide member of the school team is a student who is consistently present for, and actively participates in, all high school team sessions (e.g. practices, tryouts, competitions). Bona fide members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to participate in a non-school athletic activity/event in any sport recognized by the MIAA.

First Offense: Student athlete is suspended for 25% of the season (see chart on Rule 62).

Second Offense: Student athlete is suspended for an additional 25% of the season, and is ineligible for tournament play immediately upon confirmation of the violation.


86. Bona Fide Team Member Waiver Guidelines

    • The Bona Fide rule requires that members of a school team actively participate in all team practices and competitions. Members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to participate in a non school event/activity in any sport recognized by the MIAA.
    • On occasion, a student might find himself/herself in potential conflict with this rule. This can happen when a student-athlete has an association with an out-of-school team or has an opportunity to participate in some special tournament or on a special team. A waiver of the bona fide team rule excusing the student from the school activity that day and allowing the student to participate in such a non-school event is possible under the guidelines set forth below.
    • Before a waiver request is submitted ALL of the following considerations must be present:
      • 86.1 The non-school event must be a significant experience -- not one normally available to most anyone.
      • 86.2 The invitation must have come from a personalized invitation -- not a form letter that went to a large number of students.
      • 86.3 It must be clear that the student is not being exploited and that the student is truly being singled out to participate.
      • 86.4 The amount of time being missed from school will definitely be considered.
      • 86.5 The number of school team activities being missed will be a factor considered.
      • 86.6 There is a limit to the number of times that a student could qualify for a waiver. It would be extremely rare that a student-athlete would be granted more than one waiver per year.
      • 86.7 The request for a waiver must have the written support of the school principal, the athletic director, and the coach.
  • Waivers will be considered on an individual basis on the merits of each case. Requests for a waiver should be addressed to the MIAA. The above points should be addressed in the waiver request.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health

An Act Relative to Safety Regulations for School Athletic Programs

What does the law do?

This law requires that public schools and, in addition, any other schools subject to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) rules make sure that student athletes and their parents, coaches, athletic directors, school nurses and physicians and others learn about the consequences of head injuries and concussions through training programs and written materials. The law requires that athletes and their parents inform their coaches about prior head injuries at the beginning of the season. If a student athlete becomes unconscious or suffers a known or suspected concussion during a game or practice, the law mandates removing the student from play or practice, and requires written certification from a licensed medical professional for “return to play”.

The law also prohibits coaches, trainers and others from encouraging or permitting a student athlete to use sports equipment as a weapon or to engage in sports techniques that unreasonably endanger the health and safety of him/herself or other players, such as helmet to helmet hits.

What schools are covered by this new law?

The law applies to all public middle and high schools. It also applies to other schools that are subject to MIAA rules. These schools are required to participate in an interscholastic athletic head injury safety training program

concussion training cont
Concussion Training (cont)

Who needs to participate in an interscholastic athletic head injury safety training program?

The law says that the following people must participate in this training program:

  • Coaches
  • Athletic trainers
  • Parent volunteers for any extracurricular athletic activity
  • Physicians employed by the school or who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
  • School nurses or nurses who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
  • Athletic Directors
  • School marching band directors
  • Parents or legal guardians of children who participate in any extracurricular athletic activity.

Written materials described below can be used as an alternative for those individuals without access to the online trainings or for whom English is not a first language.

The Department of Public Health also recommends that student athletes themselves participate in such a course or receive printed materials with information about concussions.

miaa handbook concussion information

56.2 Each school’s medical person/staff is responsible for the members of that team. These individuals annually must have taken, and been certified in, the NFHS on-line Concussion Course or other recognized education program. In the event of injury, that medical person/staff will make the final judgment as to whether a student athlete may return to play (please see Rule 56.4 below regarding concussions). Whenever a medical person is on duty at an athletic event, he/she shall be responsible for both teams (unless the other team has its own medical person present). His/her judgment will be final. Physical disqualification by the medical person renders the student ineligible. The Penalty for playing an ineligible student is forfeiture.

56.4 Any student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors

consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the practice or competition and must not return to practice or competition that day, and further shall not return to play until cleared (in writing to the Athletic Director) by an appropriate health-care professional (as determined by the Department of Public Health). Whenever it is decided to disqualify a student-athlete from further participation for a suspected concussion or other injury, the person making that decision must communicate about this matter with the injured athlete’s coach and athletic director in a timely fashion.



~ Please do not return this form to MIAA ~




3.Description of injury___________________________________________________________


4. Referred___________________________________________________________________


a. No restrictions (discharged) as of ____________________


I have examined __________________________ and certify that he/she is


recovered from ____________________________________________________________

incurred on ____________________


b. No practice or competition until ____________________


c. Expected return to activity (after further evaluation) ____________________


d. Please state restrictions which you require (e.g. no contact, light practice only, etc.)


e. Other ___________________________________________________________________

___________________________________ _____________________________________


___________________________________ _____________________________________


Published: July 1, 2001 Revised 6/14/01


A Parent’s Guide to Concussion in Sports

  • What is a concussion?
  • A concussion is a brain injury which results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. An athlete does not have to lose consciousness (“knocked-out”) to suffer a concussion.
  • Concussion Facts
  • It is estimated that over 140,000 high school athletes across the United States suffer a concussion each year. (Data from NFHS Injury Surveillance System)
  • Concussions occur most frequently in football, but girl’s lacrosse, girl’s soccer, boy’s lacrosse, wrestling and girl’s basketball follow closely behind. All athletes are at risk.
  • A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain.
  • Concussion symptoms may last from a few days to several months.
  • Concussions can cause symptoms which interfere with school, work, and social life.
  • An athlete should not return to sports while still having symptoms from a concussion as they are at risk for prolonging symptoms and further injury.
  • A concussion may cause multiple symptoms. Many symptoms appear immediately after the injury, while others may develop over the next several days or weeks. The symptoms may be subtle and are often difficult to fully recognize.

What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?



Appears dazed or stunned Headache

Is confused about what to do Nausea

Forgets plays Balance problems or dizziness

Is unsure of game, score, or opponent Double or fuzzy vision

Moves clumsily Sensitivity to light or noise

Answers questions slowly Feeling sluggish

Loses consciousness Feeling foggy or groggy

Shows behavior or personality changes Concentration or memory problems

Can’t recall events prior to hit Confusion

Can’t recall events after hit

What should I do if I think my child has had a concussion?

If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he or she must be immediately removed from play, be it a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening concussion symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death. Parents and coaches are not expected to be able to “diagnose” a concussion, as that is the job of a medical professional. However, you must be aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion and if you are suspicious, then your child must stop playing.

When in doubt, sit them out!

All athletes who sustain a concussion need to be evaluated by a health care professional who is familiar with sports concussions. You should call your child’s physician and explain what has happened and follow your physician’s instructions. If your child is vomiting, has a severe headache, is having difficulty staying awake or answering simple questions he or she should be taken to the emergency department immediately.


When can an athlete return to play following a concussion?

After suffering a concussion, no athlete should return to play or practice on that same day. Previously, athletes were allowed to return to play if their symptoms resolved within 15 minutes of the injury. Studies have shown us that the young brain does not recover quickly enough for an athlete to return to activity in such a short time.

Concerns over athletes returning to play too quickly have led state lawmakers in both Oregon and Washington to pass laws stating that no player shall return to play following a concussion on that same day and the athlete must be cleared by an appropriate health-care professional before he or she are allowed to return to play in games or practices. The laws also mandate that coaches receive education on recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussion.

Once an athlete no longer has symptoms of a concussion and is cleared to return to play by health care professional knowledgeable in the care of sports concussions he or she should proceed with activity in a step-wise fashion to allow the brain to re-adjust to exertion. On average the athlete will complete a new step each day. The return to play schedule should proceed as below following medical clearance:

Step 1: Light exercise, including walking or riding an exercise bike. No weight-lifting.

Step 2: Running in the gym or on the field. No helmet or other equipment.

Step 3: Non-contact training drills in full equipment. Weight-training can begin.

Step 4: Full contact practice or training.

Step 5: Game play.

If symptoms occur at any step, the athlete should cease activity and be re-evaluated by their health care provider.

How can a concussion affect schoolwork?

Following a concussion, many athletes will have difficulty in school. These problems may last from days to months and often involve difficulties with short and long-term memory, concentration, and organization.

In many cases it is best to lessen the athlete’s class load early on after the injury. This may include staying home from school for a few days, followed by a lightened schedule for a few days, or perhaps a longer period of time, if needed. Decreasing the stress on the brain early on after a concussion may lessen symptoms and shorten the recovery time.


What can I do?

  • Both you and your child should learn to recognize the “Signs and Symptoms” of concussion as listed above.
  • Teach your child to tell the coaching staff if he or she experiences such symptoms.
  • Emphasize to administrators, coaches, teachers, and other parents your concerns and expectations about concussion and safe play.
  • Teach your child to tell the coaching staff if he or she suspects that a teammate has a concussion.
  • Monitor sports equipment for safety, fit, and maintenance.
  • Ask teachers to monitor any decrease in grades or changes in behavior that could indicate concussion.
  • Report concussions that occurred during the school year to appropriate school staff. This will help in monitoring injured athletes as they move to the next season’s sports.
  • Other Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why is it so important that an athlete not return to play until they have completely recovered from a concussion?
  • Athletes who are not fully recovered from an initial concussion are significantly vulnerable for recurrent, cumulative, and even catastrophic consequences of a second concussive injury. Such difficulties are prevented if the athlete is allowed time to recover from the concussion and return to play decisions are carefully made. No athlete should return-to-sport or other at-risk participation when symptoms of concussion are present and recovery is ongoing.
  • Is a “CAT scan” or MRI needed to diagnose a concussion?
  • Diagnostic testing, which includes CT (“CAT”) and MRI scans, are rarely needed following a concussion. While these are helpful in identifying life-threatening brain injuries (e.g. skull fracture, bleeding, swelling), they are not normally utilized, even by athletes who have sustained severe concussions. A concussion is diagnosed based upon the athlete’s story of the injury and the health care provider’s physical examination.
  • What is the best treatment to help my child recover more quickly from a concussion?
  • The best treatment for a concussion is rest. There are no medications that can speed the recovery from a concussion. Exposure to loud noises, bright lights, computers, video games, television and phones (including text messaging) all may worsen the symptoms of a concussion. You should allow your child to rest as much as possible in the days following a concussion. As the symptoms lessen, you can allow increased use of computers, phone, video games, etc., but the access must be lessened if symptoms worsen.

How long do the symptoms of a concussion usually last?

The symptoms of a concussion will usually go away within one week of the initial injury. You should anticipate that your child will likely be out of sports for about two weeks following a concussion. However, in some cases symptoms may last for several weeks, or even months. Symptoms such as headache, memory problems, poor concentration, and mood changes can interfere with school, work, and social interactions. The potential for such long-term symptoms indicates the need for careful management of all concussions.

How many concussions can an athlete have before he or she should stop playing sports?

There is no “magic number” of concussions that determine when an athlete should give up playing contact or collision sports. The circumstances surrounding each individual injury, such as how the injury happened and length of symptoms following the concussion, are very important and must be considered when assessing an athlete’s risk for further and potentially more serious concussions. The decision to “retire” from sports is a decision best reached following a complete evaluation by your child’s primary care provider and consultation with a physician or neuropsychologist who specializes in treating sports concussion.

I’ve read recently that concussions may cause long-term brain damage in professional football players. Is this a risk for high school athletes who have had a concussion?

The issue of “chronic encephalopathy” in several former NFL players has received a great deal of media attention lately. Very little is known about what may be causing dramatic abnormalities in the brains of these unfortunate retired football players. At this time we have very little knowledge of the long-term effects of concussions which happen during high school athletics.

In the cases of the retired NFL players, it appears that most had long careers in the NFL after playing in high school and college. In most cases, they played football for over 20 years and suffered multiple concussions in addition to hundreds of other blows to their heads. Alcohol and steroid use may also be contributing factors in some cases. Obviously, the average high school athlete does not come close to suffering the total number or shear force of head trauma seen by professional football players. However, the fact that we know very little about the long-term effects of concussions in young athletes is further reason to very carefully manage each concussion.

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fairhaven high school all athlete night 6 30 pm performing arts center agenda1
Fairhaven High School“All Athlete Night”6:30 PMPerforming Arts CenterAgenda

6:30 – 6:35 Welcome – Scott Francis, Athletic Director

6:35 – 6:45 Mass Laws and School Policies (hazing, harassment, bullying)

6:45 – 6:50 On-Line Registration, Baseline Testing

6:50 – 7:05Injuries, Concussions, Medical Concerns – Beth Chartier-Grier, FHS Athletic Trainer

Dr. Chad Beattie, Hawthorne Medical

7:05 – 7:45 Team Breakout Sessions – “Meet The Coach”

Cheerleading – Gymnasium Cross Country – Rm. 114

Field Hockey – Rm. 111M Golf – Rm. 113

Boy’s Soccer – Rm. 107M Girl’s Soccer – Rm. 007

Volleyball – P.A.C.