D211 Post: Concussion Awareness Seminar to Be Held December 7

Concussion Seminar

As part of District 211’s Community Education outreach, the district will host a second Concussion Awareness Seminar in the Schaumburg High School Auditorium (1100 W. Schaumburg Rd) at 6:00 p.m. December 7.  The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge.

            Dr. Erik Beltran, a neurologist with North Shore University Health System, will share current research regarding concussion and will discuss the best practices for the treatment of adolescents following a concussion.  Attendees will also receive information about District 211’s post-concussion Return-to-Learn and Return-to-Play protocols. 

            A concussion, also called a mild traumatic brain injury, is the most common type of brain injury.  It involves a short loss of normal brain function.  While concussions are a common sports injury, they can also be the result of a fall, car or bicycle accident, or any type of blow to the head or body.  While most concussions may not be life-threatening, they should all be treated seriously. 

            Community Education is important to District 211 and involvement will help strengthen our commitment to serve all students.

Upcoming Community Education Session to Focus on Student Wellness Topics

Students are often challenged by social pressures to experiment with drugs and other substances.  The response to these challenges can have life-altering impact and frequently test young people’s abilities to understand long-term consequences.

High School District 211’s next Community Education Session is on May 19 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Conant High School, 700 E. Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates, and will focus on student wellness, drug use and abuse, and the impact personal decisions can have for students.

“Not unlike most communities throughout our nation, our students’ access to and use of illicit and prescription drugs are an unfortunate and increasing reality.  Many of our students are confronted with challenging social decisions that can have lasting and impactful implications,” said Matthew Hildebrand, director of Administrative Services at District 211. “District 211 is committed to working with local agencies to bring awareness to this issue, help students make healthy choices, and support all of our students and families.  We are pleased to provide this opportunity to provide information to our community and engage in a dialogue about this important topic.”

Representatives from Kenneth Young Center and Schaumburg Police Department will discuss and review current trends concerning students’ access to, use, and abuse of narcotics and prescription medications.  Chelsea Laliberte, executive director of Live4Lali, an organization founded in her brother’s memory and dedicated to the prevention of drug-related deaths, will join this discussion as a guest speaker.  The session is designed to help parents and caregivers have greater awareness of warning signs so that connections to early intervention can be established.

For more information, please visit the District’s website here.