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Seizures and epilepsy are one of the most common neurological problems affecting children and youth. Many children can have seizures – in fact, 1 out of 10 people worldwide will have a seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy, or recurring seizures, develops in 1 in 26 people during their lifetime.

Since children spend so many of their waking hours in school settings, it’s critical that all school personnel at least know what epilepsy is, how to recognize seizures, and how to provide seizure first aid.

Epilepsy is more than just seizures.

Children and youth with epilepsy may have

How We Can Help

The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to helping students with seizures and epilepsy get the help they need to succeed in school and have a safe and supportive school environment. Here you will find information and resources about advocacy, training, and education efforts that may help to make your school a safer place for students and personnel with epilepsy.

School Personnel Training

Training for School Personnel is designed for people who work with children and youth in school settings. This program provides an overview of seizures and epilepsy, seizure first aid, seizure action plans, rescue therapies, seizure emergencies and how to support students in school settings. This course is appropriate for school nurses, teachers, aides, coaches, administrators and anyone who works in a school setting.

Two Options: On-Demand or Live Trainings

See the "Seizure Training for School Personnel" course page for more information.

  1. On-Demand Training Available (most popular)
    • Available 24/7. Take at your convenience.
    • Length - 60 minutes
    • Certificate available upon completion of the program 
    • Continuing education credits available for certified health educators (CHES/MCHES)
  2. In-person and/or Live Webinars are available from your local Epilepsy Foundation.

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School Nurses

The Seizure Training for School Nurses is designed for people who work with children and youth in school settings. This program provides an overview of seizures and epilepsy, seizure first aid, seizure action plans, rescue therapies, seizure emergencies and how to support students in school settings.  

Three Options: On-Demand or Live Trainings

See the Seizure Training for School Nurses: Caring for Students course page for more information.

  1. On-Demand (online) course (most popular)
    • Available 24/7. Take at your convenience!
    • Length - 2.75 hours
    • Certificate available upon completion of the program
    • Continuing nursing education credits available
  2. In-person and/or Live Webinars are available from your local Epilepsy Foundation.

Find Your Local Epilepsy Foundation

Epilepsy Education for Students

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The Epilepsy Foundation’s "Take Charge" series of epilepsy education is available for three age groups – elementary school, middle school, and high school. These videos can be easily viewed online or used with in-person education to student groups.

Resources

The Epilepsy Foundation has a wealth of resources for schools, including seizure action plans, seizure observation tools, parent questionnaires, and more.

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Visit our Toolbox to browse other resources.

Seizure Safe Schools

Many states are passing legislation to ensure that school personnel have appropriate training and policies to support students living with epilepsy and seizures.

The Epilepsy Foundation has a model bill that covers these issues:

  • The legislation makes certain that school personnel, including nurses, teachers, and volunteers, are not only prepared but can recognize and respond appropriately and efficiently to a student during a seizure.
  • The legislation mandates that a student's Seizure Action Plan is made part of the student's file and made available to school personnel and volunteers responsible for the student. 
  • Even more importantly, the legislation safeguards physician-directed care in the school setting, allowing students access to necessary and life-saving medication.
  • Lastly, by bringing awareness to the entire educational community, students with epilepsy and seizures can feel safe in school, reach their full academic potential, and build meaningful friendships without fear of being stigmatized.

Learn about seizure safe schools and how to help in your community.

Authored By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Authored Date: 
09/2019
Reviewed By: 
LaQueisa Haynes-Smith MS, MCHES
on: 
Friday, November 6, 2020