Seizure Smart School Act

ILLINOIS SEIZURE SMART SCHOOL ACT: Public Act 101-0050

  • Effective: July 1, 2020

  • School Personnel Seizure First Aid

  • Student Seizure Action Plan

    Effective July 1, 2020, the Seizure Smart School Act will require all Illinois school personnel to be trained in seizure first aid. It will also require the development of a Seizure Action Plan for students with epilepsy on how to best care for students with the disorder. A student’s parents or guardians will share their healthcare provider’s instructions on managing the student’s epilepsy and include a copy of any prescriptions and how and when to administer those medicines.

    I’m a Parent, what does this mean for me?

    Students with epilepsy are required to have a current Seizure Action Plan on file, signed by the student’s health care provider. The plan must be submitted to the school at the beginning of the school year, upon enrollment, or when a student’s care needs change during the school year.

    I’m a School employee (Teacher, Aide, Paraprofessional or Nurse), what does this mean for me?

    Public school personnel are required to be trained in the basics of seizure recognition and first aid, and appropriate emergency protocol, as outlined in the Seizure Action Plan. Training will be fully consistent with the best practice guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and can be accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education for 1.0 CPDU for a 60 minute training. (Abbreviated trainings are also available).

    I’m a School Principal, what does this mean for me?

    Coordinate with your staff to schedule a free training program for your school, whether virtually or in person. A self-study online module is also available via the Ed Learners Network.

    What is the Training?

    The Seizure Training for School Personnel is approximately a 45-60 minute PowerPoint that highlights basic information about seizures, common types, statistics on epilepsy, first aid, current treatment options, and finally seizure action planning. Rescue medication is also discussed. It is designed to prepare all school personnel to know what to do in the event of an emergency. To schedule a training, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at aakhtar@epilepsychicago.org.

    Who is a Delegated Care Aide?

    The delegated care aid is a school employee who has received the training and will assist a student in implementing his or her seizure action. In many cases it is the school nurse or classroom teacher.

    Why is this mandated?

    Epilepsy is the 4th most common brain disorder, and one of the top 5 most common chronic conditions in Illinois public schools. 1 in 26 people have a lifetime risk of developing epilepsy at any point in time, which is why it is important to understand seizure first aid and have awareness about epilepsy. Seizure first aid training fits perfectly in learning about asthma, diabetes, food allergies and ADD issues