PlanetHS, a platform connecting school communities online, announces its partnership with Greenville (SC) County Schools and the Greenville Health System to collect data regarding student participation in school-sponsored athletics and sports-related injuries.
“This community collaboration has given us the unbelievable gift of ensuring we’re taking care of our greatest asset, which is those kids,” said Darryl Nance, the director of athletics for Greenville County Schools. “In a perfect situation, when a student is injured, the coach, athletic director, trainer, guidance counselor, and anyone else involved, would be able to collaborate about the student’s condition and academic performance in one platform. Our plan is that our collaborative partnership with PlanetHS will ultimately allow us to do just that.”
The data suggest that students involved in extracurricular activities get better grades, have higher attendance, have lower discipline levels, and are less likely to drop out. Resource allocations may now be made by districts based on these data to provide programs and services to achieve the optimal outcome for each student.
As part of the next phase of the partnership, the data gathered by PlanetHS will also be connected with other consequences of injuries, including time off the field, how much school a student misses, and academic performance. PlanetHS will then correlate the data to reveal trends.
In recognition of its success in implementing programs to protect its student athletes, Greenville County Schools was the first district in the country to have each of its schools named a “Safe Sports School” by the National Athletic Trainers Association.
PlanetHS connects schools, families, and business communities in support of student activities and athletics. Some of the most common modules include live streaming, student elections, electronic payments, and sports eligibility.