Supporting Students with Epilepsy and Seizures in Schools


Supporting Students with Epilepsy and Seizures in Schools: What You Need to Know

NOTE: This educational program was originally recorded on September 15, 2015. It includes the basic presentation and a 30 minute question and answer session.

Educational Program Description:

When a child with seizures and epilepsy goes to school it can be challenging for parents and school personnel. Successfully supporting a student requires parents, teachers, school nurses and others to work together to understand the child’s needs, be educated about epilepsy and seizures, and help the student thrive in the school environment. This program will help you understand how seizures may affect a student, provide practical guidance on putting a support plan in place, and discuss resources you can tap now to get help. 


About the Presenters:

Rebecca J. Schultz, Ph.D., RN, CPNP
Instructor, Clinical Nurse Practitioner
Director, First Seizure Clinic Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Rebecca Schultz is a nurse scientist and pediatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years’ experience caring exclusively for youth with neurological conditions and their families. She is the principal nurse practitioner for the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and the Blue Bird Circle Rett Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Dr. Schultz’s research interests include the psycho-social aspects of epilepsy in youth, efficacy and side effects of the ketogenic diet, and transition of adolescents with epilepsy from pediatric to adult care. She is an active member of the National Epilepsy Foundation, Professional Advisory Board, the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas-Houston affiliate where she serves as Chair of the Professional Advisory Board, and the American Epilepsy Society where she serves on the Scientific Program Committee

Donna McKenny RN, BSN, PHN, LSN, M.Ed.
District Health Service Lead Nurse, Centennial Schools
Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN


Donna McKenny is a Licensed School Nurse with 25 years of experience. She currently works as the District Health Service Lead Nurse with Centennial School in Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN. She is a member of Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Professional Advisory Board (PAB) and Member National Epilepsy Foundation’s PAB. In 2011, Ms. McKenny was named School Nurse Administrator of the Year for School Nurses Minnesota. She also works as a Nurse Consultant for Group Homes and Camp Nursing

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