Resources for School Personnel
The Epilepsy Foundation Los Angeles is committed to providing school nurses and school personnel with information, resources, and trainings needed to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all students with seizures. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorder affecting 470,000 children living with epilepsy in the U.S.
Since children spend most of their day in school, it’s crucial that all school personnel know what epilepsy is, how to recognize seizures, and how to provide first aid.
- Make sure each student with seizures has a Seizure Action Plan (signed by the doctor) for your reference and use while at school
- Communicate with treating neurologist to address any issues
- Consider using a Seizure Observation Record so all school personnel are reporting seizures the same way
- Ask the parent to complete a questionnaire about the student with seizures
- If the student has a prescription for emergency medications they should have a more expanded Seizure Action Plan that includes Emergency Care Instructions
- If the student has a prescription for Diastat (an emergency rescue medication), please have parent supply a “Diastat kit” with necessary items such as: diastat syringe, lubrication, diastat instruction sheet, blanket, gloves, extra clothes, baby wipes, trash bag
- Identify and train volunteer(s) at school site to recognize seizures, give accurate seizure first aid and to administer emergency medications.
- Contact us at 800.564.0445 for more information or to schedule a training for your school.
We are eager to educate our community about epilepsy. Schools, employers and agencies can request a presentation. We encourage the organizers to schedule a couple presentations on the same day or to invite all your employees and/or personnel from a wider region together for the presentation.
There may be a presentation fee to help cover the cost of transportation and staff time. Limited scholarships for trainings are available.
School Personnel trainings are designed for school nurses, health aides, teachers, administrators, and others who works in a school setting. This training provides an overview of epilepsy and seizures, seizure first aid, seizure emergencies, how to support students and emergency rescue therapies (if necessary).
- Recognize common seizure types and their possible impact on students
- Know appropriate first aid
- Recognize when a seizure is a medical emergency
- Provide social and academic support
- Emergency Medication Administration (optional)
Request a live training from our local Epilepsy Foundation:
School nurse training programs are designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies, and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment