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School Helmet Policies. Fostering Student Success by Preventing Brain Injury. Policy Makes A Difference Percent Helmet Use. Before Intervention After Intervention. Oroville, Butte County, CA Observations conducted Feb/May 1999 and Nov/May 2001 . Why The Need For Helmets?.

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school helmet policies
School Helmet Policies

Fostering Student Success


Preventing Brain Injury

policy makes a difference percent helmet use
Policy Makes A DifferencePercent Helmet Use

Before Intervention After Intervention

Oroville, Butte County, CA Observations conducted Feb/May 1999 and Nov/May 2001

why the need for helmets
Why The Need For Helmets?

Even moderate brain injury

Can result in problems with

b comprehension

b memory

b speed of thinking

b behavior

developmental foundation
Developmental Foundation

Children should receive consistent messages at home, in school, and from the community.

community norm change
Community Norm Change

Helmet policies are one component

of a comprehensive effort to prevent

injury, disability and death…think

what we have done about drunk

driving or second hand smoke.

components of a school helmet policy
Components of a School Helmet Policy
  • Policy Statement adopted by governing board
  • Letter to Parents
  • Bicycle Safety Agreement
what can schools do to increase bicycle safety
What Can Schools Do to Increase Bicycle Safety?
  • Encourage Increased Helmet Use
  • Implement Bicycle Safety Education
  • Implement Broader Traffic Education
what can schools do to increase bicycle safety cont d
What Can Schools Do to Increase Bicycle Safety?(cont’d)
  • Create a Bike-friendly School Environment
    • Security
    • Traffic patterns
    • Safe Routes to School
  • Support well-maintained bicycles and helmets
    • Education
    • Bike Rodeos
bicycle helmet standards
Bicycle Helmet Standards
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • March 10, 1999
  • Minimum standards for safety
    • impact
    • strap
consumer s role
Consumer’s Role
  • Look for stickers inside helmet
  • Learn to fit helmet correctly
  • Wear helmet correctly
  • Inspect helmet for damage on

a regular basis

  • Bike safely
scooters skates and skateboards
Scooters, Skates and Skateboards
  • Popularity of extreme sports
  • Wearing the “gear” is becoming cool
  • Expansion of bicycle helmet law

effective January 1, 2003

  • Motorized vs. non-motorized scooters
scooters skates and skateboards cont d
Scooters, Skates and Skateboards (cont’d)
  • Until CPSC establishes a standard, engineering and medical experts recommend that a helmet meeting the ASTM F1492 standard for "extreme" sports be worn
  • It does not have to “look” like a bicycle helmet
  • California Bicycle Helmet Law
  • Mild Head Trauma Fact Sheet
  • California School Board

Association Sample Policy

  • Sample Letter To Parents

Introducing Policy

  • Bicycle Safety Agreement
  • Tips For Parents About

Bicycle Helmets

  • Safe Routes to School
  • Resources