Westford Academy Athletic Handbook - 2020-2021 Westford Academy 30 Patten Road Westford MA, 01886 - Westford Public Schools

Westford Academy

 Athletic Handbook

    Westford Academy
     30 Patten Road
    Westford MA, 01886
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Mission Statement                                 What it means to be a student
The purpose of the Westford Academy               At our level of athletics, student-
athletic program is to provide an                 athletes learn much more than specific
opportunity for student athletes to               sport skills; they learn values and
participate and share in a positive               experience valuable lessons in life. To
environment of spirited competition.              be successful, you must have a strong
Our goal is to instill basic values that          work ethic. The time and effort that
build character, self-discipline, and self-       student athletes put into practice
esteem as an individual and member of             represent a commitment to work and
a team through the involvement in an              improve their skills; A commitment
interscholastic athletic program.                 which becomes evident when the
                                                  “game” begins. Student-athletes also
                                                  learn to depend on others. Team sports
Introduction                                      are a microcosm of life. We depend
                                                  daily on our family, friends, neighbors,
Interscholastic Athletics…the                     and co-workers to succeed. Nowhere is
extended classroom.                               that more evident than in a team sport
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only          where student-athletes learn to work
thing.” That is a quote we often hear             together with others. The ones who
when people talk about sports. In                 score the points or goals don’t have the
today’s world of professional sports,             opportunity unless a teammate “blocks,
you might substitute the word “money”             rebounds, passes” or performs their
for winning. In either case, that phrase          role. The teammates, who work hard in
clearly is what separates interscholastic         practice but may not gain much game
sports from professionals.                        time, are every bit as valuable as the
Interscholastic athletics have one main           ones who play because they make
purpose, to add to the opportunities for          everyone better through practice.
young adults to develop their character           Everyone on a team has a role and
and individual capabilities. In the               contributes to the team success.
classroom, students are exposed to                Interscholastic athletics also help
academic courses in math, science,                student athletes deal and cope with
language, history, etc. As well as                adversity. A critical element of sports is
obtaining a broad awareness and                   keeping score. That means someone will
knowledge of those areas, students find           win the game and someone will lose.
their niche and gravitate toward their            But even in defeat, student athletes
favorites as they start to define their           learn what it takes to improve and what
future. Likewise, other opportunities             they can do either as an individual or as
such as athletics, music, drama,                  a team to become better. In the grand
journalism, computer science and other            scheme, the score of a single game has
clubs, allow students to develop.                 little impact on their life, but the
                                                  experience gained will last forever.

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Honesty is another characteristic of
athletics. A student-athlete knows when
he or she is giving their best effort. They
also know when they follow or break
team rules. As a member of an
interscholastic team, the student-
athlete has a responsibility to their             Opportunity…
teammates, coaches, parents, and                  At Westford Academy, we compete in
classmates to be faithful to their                33 MIAA sponsored programs. Within
commitment. When they fail to do so,              those sports, we offer varsity, junior
they not only do themselves an                    varsity, and in some cases freshman
injustice, they let many others down              competition. There is excellent
whom are trusting and depending upon              participation by the student body and
them.                                             many opportunities for our male and
                                                  female student-athletes. In recent years
                                                  as a member of the Dual County League,
Expectations…                                     Westford Academy has developed a
To be successful, everyone needs to               strong tradition of excellence in
know and understand the goals and                 athletics. There are many ways students
objectives. At Westford Academy, we               can participate in interscholastic
provide a student athlete handbook to             athletics beyond being a player. Every
help share our desires and goals for our          team needs managers to help assist the
students and athletic community. In the           coaches and run the team activities.
handbook, we have outlined the                    Another area is journalism or TV game
purpose of our programs and                       production. We are always looking for
expectations for everyone involved;               students who have an affinity for
student athletes, coaches, parents, and           writing to cover our teams and write for
fans. We want interscholastic athletics           either the school newspaper or our
to be a vehicle to teach solid values and         website. Finally, every student is
build character. Our goal is to give every        welcome to join in the athletic
student athlete an opportunity to                 community as a fan and support our
succeed. How is success measured?                 school teams. Interscholastic athletics is
Success is not measured in wins and               an important aspect of our community.
losses and it is not measured in                  It has a role in helping to develop our
touchdowns, goals, or points. Success is          young adults into solid and productive
measured in hard work, honesty,                   citizens. It provides an opportunity for
teamwork, sportsmanship, and                      the entire community to participate in a
character. Every individual is different          positive and active role. I invite all of
and has a particular skill. Those who use         you to join with us and share in the fun
their skill and give their very best effort       and excitement which comes with
to take advantage of their own                    interscholastic athletics at its best.
opportunity are the ones who succeed.

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                                             Lacrosse, Girls

              SPORTS OFFERINGS

 SEASON                    SPORT                         LEVEL
FALL          Football                      Varsity, JV, & Freshmen
              Soccer, Boys                  Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Soccer, Girls                 Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Field Hockey                  Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Volleyball, Girls             Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Golf, Coed                    Varsity
              Cross Country, Boys & Girls   Varsity & JV
              Cheerleading                  Varsity & JV
WINTER        Basketball, Boys              Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Basketball, Girls             Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Ice Hockey, Boys              Varsity, JV & JVB
              Ice Hockey. Girls             Varsity
              Wrestling                     Varsity & JV
              Indoor Track, Boys & Girls    Varsity & JV
              Gymnastics                    Varsity
              Swimming, Boys & Girls        Varsity & JV
              Alpine Ski, Boys & Girls      Varsity
              Nordic Ski, Boys & Girls      Varsity
              Cheerleading                  Varsity
SPRING        Baseball                      Varsity, JV, & JVB
              Outdoor Track & Field          Varsity & JV
              Tennis, Girls                  Varsity & JV
              Tennis, Boys                   Varsity & JV
              Volleyball, Boys               Varsity & JV
              Lacrosse, Boys                 Varsity, JV & JVB
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                  Varsity & JV                                   Varsity, JV & Freshmen

                                                more than one (1) class. This does not

Rules and                                       mean that we encourage students to fail
                                                a class, but students are eligible for

Regulations                                     participation in our athletic programs if
                                                they fail one course. If a student fails
Westford Academy is a member of the             two (2) or more classes, the student is
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic          ineligible for such participation.
Association. As such, we adhere and             Meaning of participation if non-eligible;
comply with all of the rules and                Athletics: If determined to be non-
regulations set forth and published in          eligible because the student has failed
the MIAA handbook. A copy of the                two (2) courses, the student is not
MIAA handbook is maintained in the              permitted to practice or participate with
Athletic Department and is available to         their team in any way. Upon the
review by students, parents, and                issuance of the next progress report,
interested citizens. A copy can also be         should it be demonstrated that the
found on www.miaa.net. Westford                 student is passing all classes, she/he
Academy has additional requirements             may practice and participate in the
and standards, in some cases more               sport (at the discretion of the coach) but
stringent than the MIAA, which student          are not permitted to “suit up” or
athletes must meet in order to                  participate in any competition, including
participate in our interscholastic              scrimmages, against another school’s
programs. This includes attendance,             team until the issuance of the next
academics, and general conduct.                 report card when eligibility will be re-
Student-athletes must present proof of          determined. If the student has received
parental release/permission in order to         more than two (2) failing grades, the
participate in athletics. Coaches and           student is ineligible for the duration of
administrative officials are responsible        the quarter (until the issuance of the
to implement and carry out all rules and        next Report Card) and may not try out,
regulations.                                    practice or participate with the team in
                                                any way. This includes the term
Academic                                        preceding the start of the season and
All student-athletes are required to            any reporting period that occurs during
meet a minimum standard of academic             the course of the season. Students that
performance. We believe that all                fail to meet the requirements are
students should strive for excellence in        ineligible until the next reporting
all courses. In order to meet eligibility       period. Eligibility is determined on the
guidelines for athletic participation,          day report cards are issued by the
students will be eligible if they fail no       school. Progress reports are not

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acceptable for return to eligibility in           the athletic department prior to the
MIAA events. Final grades from the                absence.
previous school year will determine
eligibility for activities during the first       ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION
grading quarter.                                  Communication between staff and
                                                  students must be appropriate. Both
Activity Fee                                      parties need to keep communication
Student-athletes are asked to pay an              related to academic, athletic or co-
activity fee to help offset the cost and          curricular content. Students and staff
expense of athletics here at Westford             must refrain from anything related to
Academy. Although money is allocated              sexual behavior, drugs or alcohol, hazing
through the annual budget, it does not            or harassment. Do not speak about any
cover the total amount of costs incurred          other students or staff in a manner that
throughout the year. The activity fee is          is inappropriate. Make sure all
set at the beginning of the school year           communications are transparent and
and all Student-athletes are expected to          observable. Be sure to report anything
pay the fee prior to the first contest.           that is inappropriate or suspicious.
Activity fees are nonrefundable. In the
event of hardship, student-athletes or            Loyalty to a High School Team:
their parents/guardians should contact            Bona Fide Team Member Rule
their respective coach or the Director of         A bona fide member of the school team is
Athletics for assistance.                         a student who is consistently present for,
                                                  and actively participates in, all high school
Attendance                                        team sessions (e.g. practices, tryouts,
In order for student-athletes to                  competitions). Bona fide members of a
participate in practices or games, they           school team are precluded from missing a
must be recorded as having met the                high school practice or competition in
school attendance criteria. To be                 order to participate in a non-school
eligible, the student-athlete must be on          athletic activity/event in any sport
                                                  recognized by the MIAA. First Offense:
time to school for the opening period
                                                  Student athlete is suspended for 25% of
and stay through the end of Period 4; or
                                                  the season
be in school by the start of Period 3 and
stay in school for four periods. Student-
athletes must meet attendance                     Medical
requirements on Friday in order to                Student-athletes are required to have
participate in weekend contests.                  successfully completed a physical within
Student-athletes in either in-house or            13 months prior to participating in
out-of-school suspension are not                  tryouts, practices, or events. Proof of
allowed to participate in practice or             physical must be provided to the coach
events during the suspension period.              prior to participation. If a physical
Reasonable exceptions to this rule must           expires during the season, the student-
be cleared through administration or              athlete will not be allowed to continue

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participation to the completion of the          when the principal or designee confirms
season. Each student-athlete is                 following an opportunity for the
required to provide complete                    student-athlete to be heard, that a
emergency information regarding                 violation has occurred, the student-
parental or guardian contact. Student-          athlete shall lose eligibility to participate
athletes are responsible for their own          in events totaling 25% of the season
medications (i.e. inhalers, epi-pens) and       schedule including postseason. The
the administration of such medicines.           suspension shall be served in
Student-athletes who are injured and            consecutive contests. Second and
not able to play, are required to have          Subsequent Violations - when the
authorization from a physician (or              principal or designee confirms following
school nurse,) and/or the athletic              an opportunity for the student-athlete
trainer before being allowed to resume          to be heard, that a repeat violation has
activities. In the event of any question        occurred, the student-athlete shall lose
regarding the medical fitness of a              eligibility to participate in events
student athlete to participate, the             totaling 60% of the season schedule
trainer has the final authorization.            including post-season. The suspension
                                                shall be served in consecutive contests.
Chemical Health & Wellness                      Penalties shall be cumulative in nature
For young adults to participate in              and carry from one season to the next
athletics, they must be physically and          or one academic year to the next in
mentally fit. Student-athletes at               order to fulfill the requirements. During
Westford Academy are required to                the suspension period, the student
follow the guidelines of the MIAA as            athlete is required to attend all team
defined in Part IV article 62 regarding         practices. At the direction of the coach,
alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. If any             the student athlete may attend the
student athlete is found to be in the           games but will not be allowed to dress
possession of, consuming, or buying             in game uniform. Team captains who
/selling of such substances, they will be       violate the Chemical Health & Wellness
in violation of the rule and subject to         regulations will lose their captaincy for
penalty. This rule is in effect from the        the season and for the remainder of the
beginning of the interscholastic athletic       academic year. Student athletes that
year as determined by the MIAA                  violate this rule will not be allowed to
governing body and ends with the final          captain any team for one calendar year.
day of classes in the academic year. It         Violation of the Chemical Health &
applies to student-athletes in or out of        Wellness regulations is very serious and
season. Penalties for out of season             we encourage student-athletes to avoid
violations will be in effect for the next       situations that may compromise their
season of participation. A student must         status and eligibility.
complete the season in which the
penalty is served in order to comply            Muscle Enhancements
with the requirements. First Violation –

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Unfortunately, the use of steroids or              experience. As the “guardian” during
other types of muscle enhancements                 these trips, it is also important that the
have become a part of the athletic                 athletic staff be able to account for all
landscape…most notably in professional             student-athletes and insure their safe
sports. The people that we hope would              whereabouts. In the event that there
set positive examples as role models,              are extenuating circumstances and the
instead have disappointed. The thinking            parent wishes to take responsibility for
is that by using artificial means to build         the transportation of their son or
up one’s body, they can become faster              daughter, it is required that the parent
and stronger thereby gaining an edge on            provide a written 24 hour notice to the
the competition. Short term that may               coach requesting the exception.
prove true, but in the long run, the               Student-athletes may then ride with
medical community states that the risk             their parent or on their own. Student-
for adverse health is real and                     athletes may not ride with other
dangerous. We reject the use of                    student-athletes. It is expected that our
enhancements and steroids and                      student-athletes will conduct
strongly discourage their use by our               themselves appropriately while on bus
student-athletes. In our opinion, their            transportation. Any misconduct will
use in sport is cheating. The best and             result in a penalty including and up to
most effective way for students to                 dismissal if warranted. Student-athletes
improve their physical performance is to           will be responsible for any damage to
eat healthy, exercise, and get adequate            bus property and subsequent costs to
rest. The real “competition” is within             repair or replace.
each student athlete. They should
measure their own success by how                   Uniforms & Equipment
much they improve their own                        Student-athletes are responsible for the
performance through hard work, effort,             care and maintenance of equipment
and teamwork. ***The unauthorized                  and uniforms provided to them as a
use, consumption, possession,                      member of an athletic team. At the end
buying/selling or distribution of steroids         of a season, they are obligated to return
or growth hormones (controlled                     all WA team property. Student-athletes
substances) is prohibited. See Chemical            who fail to return uniforms and/or
Health & Wellness section above.                   equipment will be responsible for the
                                                   cost to replace such including damage
Transportation                                     incurred due to abuse or misuse.
When Westford Academy provides                     Students must properly clean, wash and
transportation to and from athletic                maintain any school owned property.
events, student-athletes are required to           Student-athletes who do not meet their
ride that transportation. The members              obligation will not be able to participate
of the athletic staff feel it is in the best       in other athletic programs until they
interest of team unity that everyone               have resolved all outstanding issues and
travel together and share the game

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may be subject to further discipline as        -Regular hand washing is the best way
determined by the administration.              to prevent getting and spreading MRSA.
                                               -Keep your hands clean by washing
Team Apparel                                   them frequently with soap and warm
All team apparel organized by student-         water or hand sanitizer, and especially
athletes, coaches, boosters or parent          after direct contact with another
supporters groups not provided by the          person’s skin.
school MUST be Westford Academy                -Keep cuts and scrapes clean and
school colors (maroon, grey & white)           covered with a bandage until they have
and MUST be approved school logos. All         healed. Avoid contact with other
team apparel must be approved by the           people’s wounds or bandages.
athletic department prior to purchase.         - Avoid sharing personal items such as
                                               towels, washcloths, toothbrushes, and
MRSA                                           razors. Sharing these items may transfer
MRSA is a kind of Staphylococcus aureus        MRSA from one person to another.
(“staph”) bacteria that is resistant to        Regularly clean and wash all equipment,
some kinds of antibiotics. Staph is            practice gear and uniforms throughout
bacteria commonly carried on the skin          the season.
or in the nose of healthy people.              -Keep your skin healthy, and avoid
Sometimes, staph can cause an                  getting dry, cracked skin, especially
infection, especially pimples, boils and       during the winter. Healthy skin helps to
other problems with the skin. These            keep the MRSA on the surface of your
infections often contain pus, and may          skin from causing an infection
feel itchy and warm. Occasionally, staph       underneath your skin.
cause more serious infections. When            -Contact your doctor if you have a skin
appropriately identified, staph and            infection that does not improve.
MRSA infections can be treated
successfully. Staph, including MRSA, is        Cell/Smart Phones
spread by direct skin-to-skin contact,         The use of smart phones has become
such as shaking hands, wrestling, or           commonplace among student-athletes.
other direct contact with the skin of          Students are strictly prohibited from
another person. Staph are also spread          using cellular telephones with camera or
by contact with items that have been           photo capability in locker rooms or
touched by people with staph, like             restrooms. Any student-athlete found
towels shared after bathing and drying         inappropriately using cell phones with
off, or shared athletic equipment in the       camera or photo capability in a
gym or on the field. Staph infections          restricted area will have their phone
start when staph get into a cut, scrape        confiscated and face disciplinary action.
or other break in the skin.
                                               Westford Academy Staff and
MRSA Prevention
                                               Coaching Out of Season

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The Westford Academy coaching staff                 guidelines in the WA Student Manual.
follows Rule 40 of the Massachusetts                Hazing* of any sort is strictly prohibited.
Interscholastic Athletic Association                All student-athletes are required to
Handbook. In addition, Westford                     treat their fellow teammates with
Academy coaches may not provide                     respect and dignity. Students who
private lessons out-of-season for                   violate this policy will be subject to
financial gain to any potential freshman,           discipline** up to and including
junior varsity, or varsity candidate                dismissal from the team. *Mass.
                                                    General Law, chapter 269 and Mass.

Code of Conduct                                     General Laws 76, 119, 151, and 622. **
                                                    WA Student Manual – see sections on
The Code of Conduct is a guideline of               Student Suspensions and Hazing
sportsmanship for student-athletes,
coaches, parents, and spectators to act             Coaches
while participating or attending an                 Always treat the student-athlete with
interscholastic event. Everyone involved            respect and honesty; never allow the
has a responsibility to behave                      fervor of competition to display anger
appropriately.                                      towards student athletes or officials;
                                                    never use profanity; provide positive
Pre-Event Announcement                              encouragement and support to the
"In the spirit of interscholastic athletics,        student-athlete; set a positive example
we welcome you to today’s contest.                  of leadership and fair play for all
As an MIAA sponsored event, we ask                  participants.
everyone to conduct themselves
appropriately and provide a positive                Parents
environment for spirited competition                Always provide continuing support and
between these two teams. Please cheer               encouragement for your son or
enthusiastically for your team and                  daughter; emphasize the positive
refrain from negative or disparaging                aspects of their play or that of the team;
remarks toward the players, coaches, or             treat coaches with respect and honesty
officials. We hope you enjoy the game."             and accept their role and responsibility
                                                    as decision makers; never ridicule or
Student-athletes                                    disparage the coaches or other team
Always treat coaches and teammates                  members; follow the guidelines for
with respect and honesty; follow the                issue or problem resolution with your
team, athletic department, and school               son or daughter.
rules; follow the rules of fair play and
never taunt, demean, or ridicule                    Spectators
teammates, opponents, coaches, or                   While at an interscholastic event, never
officials; never use profanity or obscene           ridicule, taunt, or demean the opposing
gestures. All student-athletes are                  players, coaches, officials, or opposing
responsible for all policies and

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spectators. Cheer enthusiastically for           implementation of better concussion
your team and demonstrate your                   management programs there is
support for our student-athletes.                progress for our student athletes. When
Spectators who fail to conduct                   identified immediately and cared for
themselves appropriately at athletic             properly those who suffer concussion
events will be asked to leave the site           injuries tend to recover well. To ensure
and may be banned from future events             that our athletes are properly cared for
at the discretion of the athletic                if they sustain an injury of this type,
department and school administration.            there are steps we follow to help ensure
Spectators must remain in the area               the best possible outcome.
reserved for fans and not enter the field
of play including the player bench area.         1) Education- All Westford Academy
                                                 coaches, trainers, and athletic director
General                                          will complete one of the free MDPH
The Westford Academy Athletic                    approved online training videos
department reserves the right to                 annually. Parents and students will also
address any issues of misconduct on the          complete the free online video annually
part of student-athletes, coaches,               before participation begins.
parents, or spectators and take the              Furthermore, pre season information
appropriate action consistent with our           will include information about the signs,
goals of fair play and sportsmanship. It         symptoms, recovery from a concussion,
also reserves the right to address               the role that cognitive and sideline
character issues of misconduct or                testing play and the risks associated
inappropriate behavior on the part of            with returning too soon. All coaches will
student-athletes or coaches which may            also be instructed to teach proper
occur outside of school or school                technique aimed at reducing the risk of
sponsored events not specifically                concussions and head injuries.
covered in the student or athletic
handbooks.                                       2.) Pre Participation Reporting -
                                                 Students and parents must complete
                                                 the online registration process before
                                                 participation may begin. Students will
Concussions                                      not be allowed to participate until this
Westford Academy Head                            process is completed and reviewed. This
Injury/Concussion Regulations                    will supply Westford Academy coaches
                                                 and the athletic trainer with the most
The staff and administration at                  up to date information regarding past
Westford Academy realize that athletics          head injuries as well as verification of
are a very large part of our student’s           the annual training requirement for
lives. With this comes the risk of               parents and students. Any student
concussions. Due to increased                    indicating a history of head
awareness regarding this topic and the           injuries/concussion must have a review

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done by the Athletic Trainer at Westford         athletic director, appropriate coaches,
Academy before participation may                 nurses, Westford Academy
begin.                                           administration and guidance counselors
                                                 of the status of the student athlete.
3.) Baseline Testing- ImPACT                     Guidance counselors will communicate
(Immediate Post Concussion                       the information to the student athlete’s
Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the         teachers and staff.
program used for this purpose at
Westford Academy. Selected contact               A student athlete who suffers a head
sport players will take a pre season             injury outside of Westford Public School
computerized test at least once every            athletics shall be required to complete
two years to establish a baseline score.         the WPS Head Injury Report Form
                                                 “Outside of WPS Athletics”. The form
4.) Evaluation- Based on the assessment          must be returned to the athletic trainer.
of the onsite athletic trainer or the
coach, any player observed or suspected          6.) Documentation: The coach will
to have suffered a head injury and               complete the Westford School
exhibiting any signs or symptoms of              Department Student Accident- Incident
such an injury will be removed from that         Report as soon as possible. The report
day’s game, practice or workout for              should be sent to the athletic trainer for
further evaluation by a medical                  recording purposes. The athletic trainer
professional. They will not be allowed to        or middle school nurse will retain all
return that same day. If there is an             pre-participation forms, student
observed or suspected loss of                    accident report forms, and “Outside of
consciousness 911 should be called               WPS Athletics Head Injury Report
without hesitation. Someone shall stay           Forms” for the required length of time
with the injured athlete on the sideline         as required by the MDPH. The Westford
until advanced help arrives.                     Academy nurses will maintain a head
                                                 injury master database in the WPS
5.) Notification of the head injury will         Student Physical Database. The athletic
include parents, coaches, athletic               director will report the necessary head
trainer, athletic director, school nurse,        injury cumulative data to the MDPH on
guidance, administration and teachers.           a yearly basis.
Parents will be notified of the injury by
the coach or athletic trainer as soon as         7.) Academic Support- Due to ongoing
possible and recommend a medical                 symptoms following a concussion, some
evaluation of the injury. In the event           students have difficulty keeping up with
that the athletic trainer is not present,        academic demands. If following medical
the coach shall notify the parents and           evaluation it is determined the student
athletic trainer of the injury as soon as        needs specific accommodations, the
possible. Upon receiving notification,           guidance counselors will be notified so
the athletic trainer will notify the

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as to help facilitate the recovery of the           epidemic of opioid addictions and
student.                                            deaths across the Commonwealth. The
                                                    athletic department’s role in this new
8.) Return to Participation- Following a            law is to educate the student athletes
concussion injury, the athlete should               and parents in our community. For
have regular communication with the                 youth, opioid addiction may start when
athletic trainer to update his/her                  a clinician prescribes opioids following
condition. There should be no practice              an injury; through having access to
or exercise, in or out of school, while             painkillers in the family medicine
the athlete is symptomatic. The athlete             cabinet; or by borrowing from friends
may be cleared to return to play when               Although these medications are
he/she has been free of symptoms for a              effective when prescribed and taken
minimum of one week (may be longer),                appropriately, they can be misused and
neurocognitive scores are back to                   lead to significant negative
baseline, have been cleared by personal             consequences, including overdose and
physician and cleared by the athletic               addiction. Some people who are
trainer. Return to participation will also          addicted may even transition to heroin,
include a stepwise increase in                      which is less expensive and widely
activity/exertion as follows:                       available. For more information of
•       Light aerobic activity                      Substance Abuse please visit the
•       Aerobic activity and weight                 following www.mass.gov/stopaddiction.
•       Non contact sport specific drills
•       Full contact sport specific activity

•       Game play

The athlete must remain free of
symptoms for 24 hours to advance to                 Resolution
the next level. If symptoms return at               In the normal course of events, it is
any point, a 24 hour rest is mandated               sometimes necessary to address issues
and the previous step is repeated                   or problems. All student-athletes should
following the rest period. Final                    feel confident that they can
clearance by physician follows.                     communicate with the administration
                                                    and are encouraged to address
                                                    issues/problems for the purpose of
                                                    resolution. It is our goal as an
                                                    educational institution to help our
Opioid Addiction                                    young adults succeed and develop the
                                                    skills they need to be productive
and Prevention                                      citizens. Communication is a key to
In 2015 the Governor of Massachusetts               issue/problem resolution. Often
enacted an emergency Law for the                    solutions can be identified at the

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earliest stage with open and honest              ●      Student-athlete with parent and
communication among parties. The                 coach
outcome may not always be to the                 ●      Student-athlete with/without
satisfaction of everyone, however, the           parent and Director of Athletics
opportunity always enables all concerns          ●      Student-athlete with/without
and opinions to be heard in the interest         parent and Principal
of fairness. To help establish a chain of        ●      Student-athlete with/without
communication, we suggest the                    parent and Superintendent
following order of contact.                      ●      Student-athlete with/without
●       Student-athlete and coach                parent and School Committee

 NAME                           POSITION                      TELEPHONE

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 Jeff Bunyon            Dir. Of Athletics    978-692-5570 x2108
 Jim Antonelli          Principal            978-692-5570 x2104
 Bob Ware               Dean of Students     978-692-5570 x2138
 Dan Twomey             Dean of Students     978-692-5560 x 2103
 Betsy Murphy           Dean of Students     978-692-5570 x 2116
 Bill Bombaci           Athletic Trainer     978-692-5570 x2133
 Betsy Parke            Secretary            978-692-5570 x2121
 Varsity Coach Emails   www.westfordk12.us

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