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School Bus Drivers

The school transportation area is often overlooked when dealing with seizures in the educational field. Statistically, at least one child on every bus in any school district has a seizure disorder.  For this reason, it is important for school transportation staff to know what the various seizures look like, how to provide the immediate first aid attention a child having a seizure may require, and have a protocol in place for the safe delivery of that child to their home.

The issues presented by a child having a seizure on a school bus are very different than presented in a home or school environment. A child on a bus is in a very confined amount of space, surrounded by hard surfaces that cannot be moved away easily. Also the bus is in motion, which can be very dangerous as opposed to the static environment of a classroom. In addition to the regular runs the school buses make at the beginning and end of each day, they are also used for field trips, athletic events, band or theater performances away from areas where the closest medical facility may not be known.

To address these issues unique to the school bus community, we offer the Better Understanding Seizures (BUS) education program to school districts throughout the state. These programs reach the entire bus fleets, including drivers, monitors and mechanics. We work hand in hand with the Georgia Pupil Transportation Association to assure as many of it's members as possible receive this education on an annual basis.

Source:  Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia

The program is one hour long, and includes a pre and post test to measure learning, a slide presentation, video footage of seizure activity, and a Q & A session.

To request a training or get more information, please connect with Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee.