Seizure Training for School Personnel

Live Training:

The Seizure Training for School Personnel (STSP) is available free of charge either in-person (subject to current CDC COVID guidelines) or live via Zoom. This training is consistent with best practice guidelines issued by the CDC in compliance with the Illinois Seizure Smart School Act. The training objectives are: 1) Recognize three common seizure types; 2) Describe three seizure first aid steps to assist a student having a seizure; 3) Recognize three key factors that would make a seizure a medical emergency; and 4) Describe three ways to support students living with epilepsy.

The training is appropriate for elementary, middle, and secondary school staff, including teachers, administrators, delegated/designated care aides, cafeteria workers, security guards, custodians, substitute teachers, volunteers or anyone else that will come in contact with students.

To schedule a training, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at or 312-939-8622 ext. 224.


A 75 minute on-demand option is also available from the Epilepsy Foundation of America platform. This training is consistent with best practice guidelines by the CDC but it is general and not tailored to Illinois laws (Ex: Nurse Practice Act or Illinois Seizure Smart School Act). The training objectives are the same as above. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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Important Note for School Nurses:

If you are a school nurse from a state with mandated training for epilepsy/seizures, please check your state to see if this training will meet the training requirements. The Epilepsy Foundation of America’s Seizure Training for School Nurses is a different program and is also approved by many states.


This program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award under cooperative agreement number 1U58DP0026256-02-00, CFDA 93.850, funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.