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Seizure Disorders

 
Seizure disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), occur when abnormal electrical activity in the brain causes an involuntary change in body movement or function, sensation, awareness or behavior. The term seizure disorder can be used interchangeably with the term epilepsy.
 
These guidelines have been written to assist schools in the development and implementation of appropriate medication administration policies and procedures. The guidelines summarize federal and state laws governing medication administration; discuss legal issues in the school setting; offer guidance in the development of school policies and procedures and the role of the Certified School Nurse regarding medication administration. The guidelines also contain a section dedicated to the care of students with seizure disorders, including sample forms, policy implications and clinical guidance.
 
The Bureau of Family Health's Epilepsy Support Services Program provides a continuum of support services for children, youth, and adults diagnosed with epilepsy or a related seizure disorder. The program also works to educate the community and eliminate the negative stereotypes associated with epilepsy through a comprehensive outreach and education program.
   
Seizure Disorder Statistics
 
Public school entities are required to submit an annual report which includes aggregate totals for select chronic diseases, including seizure disorders. Data is not available by age, grade, sex, race, or building level. The reports below contain county level data.
 
DISCLAIMER: Responsibility for data accuracy lies with the individual school entities. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions made by the user.

Updated: July 19, 2016