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Epilepsy in Schools

About 1 out of 10 people has had a seizure. That means seizures are common in the school environment.  If you child has had a seizure it is important for school staff to be aware and a seizure action plan can be developed. Seizure action plans are an important tool that help parents/guardians and schools partner to keep children safe and healthy during the school day.  This plan needs to contain the essential information school staff may need to know in order to help your child. It should include information on first aid, parent/guardian contact information and health care plan from a health care provider and his/her contact, and medications specifically for that child.

See an example of a Seizure Action Plan from the Epilepsy Foundation.

Managing epilepsy while at school may involve:

  • Working with the school nurse to help educate staff and students about epilepsy, its treatment, and seizure first aid
  • Following the seizure action plan and administering first aid (including the use of rescue medications)
  • Understanding the importance of medication adherence and supporting students who take daily medications
  • Helping students avoid seizure triggers such as flashing lights or other triggers identified in the seizure action plan
  • Monitoring and addressing any related medical conditions, including mental health concerns such as depression
  • Providing case management services for students whose medical condition disrupts their school attendance or academic performance
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