Keeping your Child Safe at School

If your child suffers from a seizure disorder, parents are advised to:

  • Speak to your child's physician (neurologist) to determine your child's needs throughout the school day.
  • Notify your school nurse at the beginning of the school year.
  • Together with the nurse, complete a Seizure Action Plan, & Seizure Questionnaire. Effective January 1, 2020, Illinois implemented the SEIZURE SMART SCHOOL ACT. The act requires the parent or guardian of a student with epilepsy who seeks assistance with epilepsy-related care in a school setting to submit a seizure action plan with the student's school.
  • Complete Triad Request for Medication Form if medication (Diastat or other medication) is needed in the event of an emergency. This form must be signed by parent and doctor.
      • Medication orders and Seizure Action Plans must be renewed each school year.
      • The Seizure Action Plan with instructions will be forwarded to the appropriate teacher(s), bus driver(s), & principal.
      • If an emergency medication is administered, the school nurse or administrator will notify EMT's and parent.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition of the brain causing seizures. Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. The seizures may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but sometimes the cause is unknown. It affects children at different ages and in different ways. Early recognition and treatment are keys to the best possible outcome. For some, it will be a temporary problem, easily controlled with medication, outgrown after a few years. For others, it may be a lifelong challenge affecting many areas of life.

Learn about the different types of seizures in this video: