Mom says son’s concussion from fall at school could have been prevented

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ARVADA, Colo. — An Arvada mom said her son slipped and fell on black ice during recess in Tuesday’s frigid cold weather.

Now her fourth-grade son has a concussion and his mom said the fall could have been prevented if the kids had recess indoors.

“I was playing soccer,” fourth-grader Alex Hernandez said. “I didn’t see the ice or anything so I just went to like to try kick the ball, I slid backwards and I slipped and I hit my head.”

“I’m very upset,” said Hernandez’s mom, Alexis Garcia.

With temperatures in the 20s all morning, Garcia wants to know why the kids were outside in the cold.

“My daughter said the slide was frozen, the swings were frozen, but they still had us outside mom,” Garcia said.

Jefferson County Schools doesn’t have a policy for when kids can and can’t go outside. The individual schools decide what they want to do.

“That makes me upset too,” Garcia said.

The school said if it’s 20 degrees or colder, the kids don’t go outside.

Garcia also didn’t like how the school handled the fall. She said a nurse called her and said her son was OK and could go back to class.

The district said it has a bump on the head policy and also evaluates students who fall.

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