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Do teachers get specific training on what to do if someone has a seizure?

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02-18-2012, 03:26 AM
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Do teachers get specific training on what to do if someone has a seizure?


I think a lot of teachers know general first aid, but does anyone know if they get specfic training on how to help a student if they are having a seizure? Or do they need to rely on the school nurse?

Does it depend on the school district or teacher's union?



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Post: #2
02-18-2012, 10:05 PM
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Do teachers get specific training on what to do if someone has a seizure?


It depends on the school. A lot aren't required to learn first aid, even the basic certification, and so they don't get any specific training for seizures either. Relying on the nurse prevents lawsuits from happening, too, but I find it unfortunate that their own teacher wouldn't know what to do if one happens. :(



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Post: #3
02-20-2012, 03:12 AM
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RE: Do teachers get specific training on what to do if someone has a seizure?


Oh wow, I had no idea the threat of lawsuits influenced the decision :(. That's really insane. I think basic certification should be provided by the school (even just to give teachers confidence so they do not panic)




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Post: #4
06-16-2012, 03:13 AM
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RE: Do teachers get specific training on what to do if someone has a seizure?


Most schools do not require first aid training for their teachers. At my high school, it was an optional all-day training session. One of my teachers told me about 80% of the faculty opted out because it took up too much time of their weekend. I guess they do find it easier to rely on the nurse even though she may not be there in a critical moment.



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Post: #5
07-24-2012, 11:13 PM
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RE: Do teachers get specific training on what to do if someone has a seizure?


My old school did not require teachers to know how to react when a student is having a seizure. Not even the school nurse really knew. My choir teacher was the only one who did so he functioned as the go-to person whenever a student started having a seizure. I remember during one of our concerts a girl had an epileptic seizure onstage and it was lucky that he was there because he knew exactly what to do. My point is, it doesn't take much training to know how to handle someone having a seizure. I don't think it's an unreasonable requirement for teachers to have.



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