Safe Schools Act Passed By Nebraska Legislature

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, LB 639, the Safe Schools Crisis Act, will be in place across Nebraska. The new bill focuses on training educators in crisis detection and response.

The CDC reports that out of 1,000 children, it’s likely six of them have epilepsy and seizures, which can last anywhere from seconds to minutes at a time. These moments immediately after a seizure are critical for the damage that can result. This is why the implementation of bills like LB 639 could make all the difference.

“The teachers told me, ‘I had kids in my class and I didn’t know what to do. I’d like to know what to do, ”said Jen Cordes, whose 16-year-old daughter Ruby has epilepsy.

Now that LB 639 has passed the Nebraska Legislature, crisis first aid training will be available soon.

“[It will] help educators understand how to deal with seizures when they first occur in the classroom, ”said Senator Jen Day, who introduced LB 639 for the first time. She added, “People go into education because they really care about children. I think it just gives them one more tool in their toolbox to become better educators.

The bill will include the presence of at least one person in each school who can recognize, respond and give medication to students with seizures, if necessary.

“When we dug in, we saw that very few teachers had this training,” Senator Day said. She added that more than 32 percent of teachers in Nebraska say they wanted more crisis first aid training, which Jen Cordes wishes had happened some time ago for her daughter Ruby.

“She would just fall to the ground, and her whole body would shake and grip uncontrollably,” Cordes said.

She said that’s what happened to Ruby once in the middle of her gym class: “Her teacher froze and Ruby grabbed herself, banging her head over and over on the floor. It was his friends who ran away and got help.

Cordes says putting in place laws like the Secure School Foreclosure Act will give families like hers new peace of mind.

“It’s a terrible feeling to send your child, drop your child after school and hope and pray that someone knows what to do, that someone is there when your child falls to the ground. , have someone recognize a seizure and do it. get the care she needs immediately, ”Cordes said.

The Nebraska Epilepsy Foundation will work with educators across the state, providing free epilepsy first aid training for the 2022-2023 school year. LB 639 will also ensure that each student with a seizure disorder has an individual action plan in place.

Once the bill goes into effect, Nebraska will join five other states, including Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Illinois and New Jersey, in passing epilepsy and seizure laws. epilepsy in schools.

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