McLean Co. Public Schools Named Seizure Smart

McLean County Public Schools have become the first district in the commonwealth to be designated a Seizure Smart School District by the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

A district reaches this status when all students and teachers in each school have received seizure training, and all the students in the school that have epilepsy have seizure action plans, according to David Pettit, western Kentucky education coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

He also said of the eight schools in Kentucky to be designated a Seizure Smart School, five of those are in McLean County.

Seizure Smart SchoolThis kind of training is in line with HB 147, he said, which provides protection to students with seizure disorders. The bill requires Kentucky principals, guidance counselors and teachers to complete at least one hour of seizure recognition and first aid response training by July 1 of this year.

However, McLean County is well ahead of this requirement.

Shannon Lindsey, deputy superintendent of McLean County Public Schools, said in 2013 when she was a principal at the middle school, she had students and staff trained in seizure training. At that time, she said, it made sense for students to be trained along with staff.

"It's just so much easier to have (Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana) come train during the school day, then you have all the adults and the students present," Lindsey said.

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