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State Board of Education set to vote on concussion rule

Local - 10/9/2013 7:10 PM
CHARLESTON - The state Board of Education decided to table the vote on a proposal that would require high schools to inform parents, coaches, and student-athletes about the risks surrounding sports-related head injuries.

The rule was up for a possible final vote Wednesday, but board members decided to take the vote off the agenda in order to further examine the language of the rule. The proposal will be brought up again in next month's agenda, according to Board of Education officials. 

The rule would force schools to report such injuries within 30 days.  The board took up the issue back in August, and sent it out for a 30 day public comment period.  Officials said no one responded.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a bill that required the rule aimed at preventing youth concussions.  The law also forced schools to create a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then having the athletes cleared before returning to play.  That included getting written permission from a licensed health care professional.

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ORIGINAL: 10/9/13, 7:42 a.m.

CHARLESTON - The state Board of Education was scheduled to vote on a proposal that would require high schools to inform parents, coaches, and student-athletes about the risks surrounding sports-related head injuries.

The rule was up for a possible final vote Wednesday.  It would force schools to report such injuries within 30 days.  The board took up the issue back in August, and sent it out for a 30 day public comment period.  Officials said no one responded.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a bill that required the rule aimed at preventing youth concussions.  The law also forced schools to create a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then having the athletes cleared before returning to play.  That included getting written permission from a licensed health care professional.

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