The measure gives teachers options for assisting recently concussed students

One of the bills Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, proposed for the ongoing Oregon state Legislature short session passed through the House of Representatives last week on a convincing 54-3 vote.

As the Spokesman reported in the Feb. 5 issue, the bill would require the Oregon Department of Education to create a form designed to help educators assess how to aid students who recently suffered concussions.

Some options educators could consider included allowing a student extended time to complete assignments, to wear sunglasses and/or a hat in class, and to adjust their class schedule. Some concussion symptoms include light sensitivity, trouble concentrating and headaches.

"We want to catch cycles of failure before they start," Neron told the Spokesman in January. "It provides an immediate and temporary accommodations menu for a teacher to use."

A public hearing in the Senate Committee on Education took place Tuesday, Feb. 18, after the Spokesman went to press.

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