“Epilepsy is a serious illness that must be addressed with proper planning,” Pappas said. “Coordinating schools, parents and doctors will lead to a safer and more stress-free environment for children dealing with seizure disorders. This is one of many critical steps we must take to ensure our children are safe when they are in school.”
Pappas worked for House Bill 1475, or the ‘Seizure Smart School Act’, which requires parents, doctors and school administrators to create a comprehensive plan for every student with epilepsy or similar seizure disorder. Plans must include assistance from a designated care aide working within the school to ensure recommended health protocols are followed. The legislation was passed unanimously, and the law went into effect July 1.
“Children, especially those with unique medical needs, should feel secure while they’re in school,” Pappas said. “Leaving kids with specialized requirements unaddressed until an emergency strikes is irresponsible and unfair to those students and their families. I am committed to removing blind spots like this from Illinois’ public health system.”