Encourage school staff to complete training on how to respond to a seizure.

Recognizing a seizure and knowing how to help during a seizure can prevent injury. Make sure that school staff, including nurses, educators, bus drivers, and others, are familiar with basic seizure first aid. The Epilepsy Foundation offers several useful resources:

While this standard first aid is useful for many patients who suffer from seizures, for those with severe forms of epilepsy – such as Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, or another Developmental Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEE) – it is important to make sure that school staff is familiar with and understands the student’s specific Seizure Action Plan and is trained to use rescue medications so they can properly intervene during a seizure.