Advocacy: Seizure Safe Schools


Seizure safe


There are 470,000 children living with epilepsy in the U.S. Despite the prevalence, epilepsy is still highly misunderstood by the public. For students living with epilepsy, it is important that schools are well-equipped with the tools necessary to provide a safe and enriching environment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the opportunity for academic success is increased when communities, schools, families, and students work together to meet the needs of students with chronic health conditions and provide safe and supportive learning environments. Direct access to school nursing and other health services, as well as disease-specific education, has been shown to improve health and academic outcomes among students with chronic health conditions.

The Epilepsy Foundation supports Seizure Safe Schools and has launched a nationwide initiative to pass Seizure Safe Schools legislation in all states. The model bill has five key components: requiring school personnel to complete a seizure recognition and first-aid response training; mandating that the Seizure Action Plan is made part of the student’s file and made available for school personnel and volunteers responsible for the student; ensuring that any FDA-approved medication prescribed by the treating physician is administered to the student living with epilepsy; educating and training students about epilepsy and first-aid response; and a Good Samaritan clause. The number and content of components included in the bill will vary by state.

The Epilepsy Foundation and its local offices, grassroots advocates, and organizational partners are all working to pass this legislation in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Significant progress has been made in just the past few years and we applaud all states and advocates who’ve taken important steps towards Seizure Safe Schools.

To date, more than half the states have passed some form of Seizure Safe Schools legislation. Some states have mandates, while other states encourage or raise awareness about the need for Seizure Safe Schools.

Select your state below for information about Seizure Safe Schools laws and legislation in your area.

If you are interested in learning more about your state’s legislative efforts on this issue or would like to become involved, please contact the national advocacy team at [email protected] or contact your local Epilepsy Foundation office.

Reviewed By:

Epilepsy Foundation Advocacy

on Friday, March 25, 2022


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