Brain Injury Regional School Support Team
The Metro BIRSST is a resource designed to provide consultation and support for students, birth through 21 that have suffered a brain injury, and the school personnel that support them. A Brain Injury is anything from a Concussion to Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby). The legislature passed LB923 in 2014, which mandated a Return to Learn protocol for students who sustained a concussion. Area and state wide school districts have BIRSST Teams to support these injuries as they occur, as well as to monitor each student's progress after sustaining a concussion. This website has been designed to offer information to help understand and support the severity of brain injuries and the lifelong effects.
School personnel and families in the ESU 2, ESU 3, and Omaha Public Schools with questions or in need of support can contact the Metro Region BIRRST Coordinator Jennifer Brockman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nebraska Department of Education has compiled important information about brain injuries along with training modules, resources and more. Start here by click on the NDE logo if you want to learn more about BIRSST – Brain Injury Regional School Support Teams.
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Nebraska's Bridging the Gap document is the best place to start when you need comprehensive information about brain injuries and school support. It has guidelines for Return to Learn and Return to Play protocols, tips for educators, resources and much more! Access Here
HEADS UP to Schools: Online Concussion Training for School Professionals
This training is designed to help classroom teachers (grades K-12), school administrators, paraprofessionals, teachers' aides, and other staff who work with students understand:
How a concussion may affect a student’s learning, emotions, and behavior.
How to identify and monitor signs and symptoms of concussion.
How to help students successfully return to school and recover from a concussion.
This free training will take about 45-60 minutes to complete. It features easy-to-follow information with knowledge checks and illustrated case studies that showcase a variety of scenarios to help you apply the information presented and achieve the key learning objectives of the course.