Signing of HB1096 Update
DOE Concussion Guidelines to Include “Return to Learning”
During the 2010 General Assembly session, current Lt. Governor (then Senator) Ralph Northam introduced SB 652. This law required the Department of Education (DOE) to develop and distribute guidelines to each local school division which would inform and educate coaches, student-athletes, and parents about concussions. The Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (VATA) is among the list of stakeholders that worked on the development of the current DOE concussion guidelines.
Since these guidelines were introduced, awareness has grown among policymakers about the impact head injuries have on student-athletes. The VATA and its membership of over 1,500 certified Athletic Trainers have been the go-to experts regarding the continuation and expansion of best practices in managing concussions in the secondary school setting.
HB1096, a bill addressing concussion guideline expansion, was introduced by Delegate Filler-Corn in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and the VATA, and was successfully signed into law on April 23, 2014. As of July 1, 2014 HB1096 extends the DOE concussion guidelines to include return-to-learn guidelines for all students who have sustained a head injury. As a result, the VATA will work with other stakeholders to update the Board of Education guidelines to include the return-to-learn protocol.
Pictured above is Governor Terry McAuliffe with representatives from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Delegate Filler-Corn (patron of the bill), and AT Michael Puglia (standing, second from right) and Advocate Becky Bowers-Lanier representing the VATA.
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