Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders
Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder is now law:
From the advocacy and efforts of HB 173 & SB 340, Section 1006.0626, Florida Statutes created:
The Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder Law
Florida Schools are now required to implement an individualized seizure action plan (ISAP) for students with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
The ISAP must be developed and signed by a medical professional, in consultation with the student’s parent, and include the following:
- Written orders from the student’s medical professional outlining the student’s epilepsy or seizure disorder recommended care.
- The parent’s signature.
- The student’s epilepsy or seizure disorder symptoms.
- Any accommodations the student requires for school trips, after-school programs and activities, class parties, and other school-related activities.
- When and whom to call for medical assistance.
- The student’s ability to manage and the student’s level of understanding of their epilepsy or seizure disorder.
- How to maintain communication with the student, the student’s parent, and the student’s health care team, school nurse, and educational staff.
- Any rescue medication prescribed by the student’s medical professional and how and when to administer the medication.
The school nurse or an appropriate school employee of a school that receives an ISAP under subsection shall:
- In accordance with s. 1006.062, coordinate the provision of epilepsy and seizure disorder care at the school for the student, including administering anti-seizure and rescue medications as outlined in the ISAP.
- Verify that each school employee whose duties include regular contact with the student has completed training in caring for students with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
The training must include recognizing the types of seizures and the symptoms and how to provide care to a student during a seizure. To assist schools in meeting this requirement, the Department of Education has identified one or more online training courses offered by a nonprofit national organization that supports the welfare of individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders and is free of charge to schools.
Do you have an ISAP?
Confirm with your school to see if they have a required ISAP form; these may differ depending on the school district.
💡TIP: Take your ISAP to your child’s next doctor’s visit.
Teachers, Principals, and all school staff members, we can help at no cost to you or your school’s budget.
Epilepsy Alliance Florida is available to provide in-person training to all school personnel. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
Free, on-demand training for all school personnel.