Q The Mississippi Youth Concussion Law (MYCL) requires local school boards to “adopt and implement a concussion management and return to play policy.” Is a policy adopted by the school board that addresses only those school athletic events as defined in the MYCL in compliance with the MYCL? Does the district have a duty to ensure that outside groups who use district facilities comply with or adopt their own concussion management and return policy?

A A concussion policy that addresses only those school athletic events as defined in the MYCL is in compliance with the MYCL. A school district does not have a duty to ensure that outside groups who use the district’s facilities comply with or adopt the school district’s concussion policy, but under home rule may choose to adopt a concussion policy that applies to additional extra-curricular activities, visiting teams and/or public recreation. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Hood, September 19, 2014)