Epilepsy and School

www.samslaw.org Sam's Law (HB 684) was approved during Texas' 86th Legislative Session, requiring all school personnel to be trained in seizure recognition and First Aid. For Additonal Information, Visit www.samslaw.org

Sam’s Law (HB684)

Unanimously Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, and Signed by Governor Abbott June 11, 2019, Sam’s Law requires All Texas Public School Staff receive Training in Seizure Recognition and First Aid.
Pictured is Samantha Watkins, Former Kilgore High School Student, who passed away in 2016. Samantha “Sam” Watkins was an honor student, member of the National Honors Society, a Texas scholar, and on the soccer team. Three months after being diagnosed with epilepsy she suffered a massive seizure, resulting in her death.

Epilepsy and Your Child’s School

Going to school can be stressful for children with epilepsy. They may worry about having a seizure in class or how other students will react. Parents are also anxious. They often worry that their child’s teacher may not know how to handle an epileptic seizure, or that their child may be treated unfairly because of epilepsy.

Most children with epilepsy attend school and can participate in activities. Some may need to take medicine at school, require help with certain subjects, or be given extra time on tests. It is important that Teachers and school staff be able to recognize seizure activity and react accordingly. That is where communication with the student and their parents becomes crucial. Every student with seizures should have a Seizure Action Plan. This plan should be provided to all administrative staff and teachers at the school.