Health and Wellness

Holy Ghost Prep is fully committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and educators.

We believe this commitment includes the implementation of programs that involve parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health and wellness professionals, and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students, staff, and community.

As a part of that effort, Holy Ghost Prep is joining schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in rolling out the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) Program and posting our hazing policy on our website.  


 

Safe2Say Something Program

To learn more about the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) program, an anonymous reporting system designed to help students and staff to recognize the warning signs and signals (especially on social media) of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, click here.


Holy Ghost Prep's Hazing Policy

Hazing is any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any group

Any situation or activity that, for the purposes becoming, remaining, or participating in any group, produces or could be expected to produce mental, emotional, social, or physical discomfort, fright, degradation, moral compromise, humiliation, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule to the student is hazing.

A person violates this policy whenever he engages, assists, or attempts to engage or assist in the planning or committing of any hazing activity, whether on or off campus or other School property.

Hazing activities include, but are not limited to the following:

Such conduct includes forced consumption of food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance; brutal treatment or forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any student or other person, or that subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.   

All members of Holy Ghost Prep community, including, students, faculty, and staff, are responsible for immediately reporting any hazing activity or plans for any hazing activity to the appropriate faculty member, coach, moderator, athletic director, principal or president. The failure to make such a report is also a violation of this policy.

All members of the Holy Ghost Prep community are responsible for ensuring Holy Ghost Prep remains free of hazing

Any athletic team/sport, club, association, organization, or other group who authorizes hazing or violates this policy may be sanctioned by the School.

A student's violation of this policy could result in the student’s suspension or dismissal from the team or organization, as well as disciplinary action from the school administration up to and including suspension or dismissal from school.       


HGP Concussion Protocol 

The Holy Ghost Prep Concussion Management Team consists of the following Faculty, Staff, and Administration listed below:

School Nurse

Ann Bushek, RN                             215-639-2102 x 211             abushek@holyghostprep.org

Coordinator of Concussion Accommodations

Allison Boehm, LPC, CBIS      215-639-2102 x 270             aboehm@holyghostprep.org

Director of Counseling 

Aaron Pollock, Psy.D.                215-639-2102 x 243             apollock@holyghostprep.org

Athletic Trainer 

Jeff Jacoby, LAT, ATC                215-639- 2102 x 233             jeffrey.jacoby@atipt.com

Athletic Director 

Craig Conlin                                        215-639-2102 x 220              cconlin@holyghostprep.org

School Fax number                   215-639-4225


The following services are overseen by the Concussion Management Team:

  1. Concussion Education- Mandatory for all student athletes and families 

  2. Baseline Impact Testing- Mandatory for all student athletes and completed before each sports season

  3. Every two years, faculty will be provided with an in-service regarding concussion protocol, return to play, return to school, and return to learn. 

Initial concussion triage protocol:

  1.  When a student is suspected of suffering a head injury, the student will be evaluated for concussive symptoms by the athletic trainer at all school sporting events.  The school nurse will evaluate/triage at school, non-athletic school events, and school activities.

  2. If the athletic trainer or nurse are not available for triage, the event moderator must immediately contact the students parent/guardian and contact the school nurse.

  3. The student's parent/guardian will seek further medical attention for the student. Initially, the student must see a physician if symptoms are observed or reported.  The student’s parents are responsible for getting the student to a physician.  (e.g. Pediatrician, Urgent Care, ER) for evaluation.

Follow up care:

  1. If a student is cleared and deemed to have no concussive symptoms, no follow up is recommended and they may be allowed to return to activity as normal. (A note from the Evaluating Physician should be provided to the School Nurse)

  2. If a student is suspected of or deemed to have concussive symptoms, the student’s parent/guardian must follow up with a Physician who will provide documentation to the school nurse regarding: The symptoms present, Level of activity tolerated, and School accommodations. 

  3. In order to complete Return to Learn and Return to Play, student must be further assessed and cleared by an MD, DO, or Neuropsychologist, trained in the evaluation and management of concussion. A written statement from the treating provider, must be submitted to the School Nurse stating the student is fully cleared to return to regular activity without accommodations related to the concussion.

Return to Play

  1. If a student athlete has been diagnosed with a concussion he will begin the Return to Play Protocol.

  2. Athletes must complete the following step-wise process prior to returning to play:

    1. NO ACTIVITY; complete rest; once asymptomatic, proceed to level 2.

    2. Light aerobic exercise such as walking or stationary bike (low heart rate).

    3. Sport specific training (Sprinting, ice skating, jumping)

    4. Non-contact training drills (Practice)

    5. Full-contact training after medical clearance (Practice)

    6. Full participation 

  3. In order to complete steps 5 and 6, the student must have full documented clearance from a physician to return to play and return to learn without accommodations. This includes non contact sports.

  4.  With this stepwise progression, the athlete should continue to proceed to the next level if asymptomatic at the current level. If any post concussion symptoms occur, the student should drop back to the previous asymptomatic level and try to progress again after being symptom free for at least 24 hours.

  5. No athlete with a concussion or suspected concussion should return to play before the brain has healed and is asymptomatic. 

Return to Learn

  1. If a student is deemed to have post concussive symptoms that interfere with his ability to fully participate in class without accommodations, he is considered to be in Return to Learn protocol. 

  2. Accommodations recommended by the treating physician or neuropsychologist will be documented in the Academic Accommodation and Support Plan by the Counseling Staff and will be provided to the student’s teachers, the Principal, and the Dean of Academics.  Additional accommodations beyond physician recommendations may be added at the discretion of the Counseling Staff and School Nurse in consultation with the Dean of Academics.

  3. Any step-wise accommodations recommended by the treating physician will be monitored by the school nurse and Counseling staff.  Changes to such accommodations will be communicated to the faculty.

  4. Physical symptoms and academic accommodations will be monitored by the Concussion Management Team until the student is cleared.  In some cases, the school will request a Medical Release of Information form to coordinate accommodations with the treatment provider.

  5. When the student is cleared by the treating provider, the student must receive a written statement from treating provider stating that the student is asymptomatic and is fully cleared to return to regular activity without accommodations related to concussion. This written statement must be provided to the school nurse and Director of Counseling.

  6. Once the student is cleared, teachers are notified by the Director of Counseling that the Accommodation Plan is lifted and no longer in place.

  7. Upon clearance, student is considered to be ready to return to full workload.  Teachers identify essential and necessary make up assessments for the student.