SADS Safe Schools 2014!
Our goal this year is to ensure every family has an updated care plan in place for every school age child!
As the final weeks of summer freedom fly by, it is time for final preparations to be made for a successful school year. Keeping your family safe is the number one priority for the SADS Foundation. The most direct way to provide a safe environment for your child is to follow the Back to School Checklist and bringing awareness to your school about SADS Conditions using the SADS Safe Schools Kit.
SADS Foundation staff have put together a handy checklist for building a safe school environment for your SADS child. The Back to School Checklist walks you through a number of important steps and provides the tools you will need to streamline the process. It includes the care plan documents that school personnel should have explaining your child's SADS condition and the personalized care that she or he needs.
This year’s SADS Safe School campaign is aimed at implementing appropriate care plans in schools. Care plans assist school health professionals to ensure your child’s safety while they are in school. The SADS Foundation recommends all children with a SADS condition have a personalized care plan, a school medical emergency plan and an AED in place at their school. If you have not had a discussion with your child’s school about care plans, etc, we strongly suggest you do so today! The SADS Safe School kit has a variety of creative materials that will help you initiate comprehensive conversations with schools in your area.
If you have any questions about keeping your child safe this school year, please contact Jenny Hoggard, Family Support Coordinator, at Jenny@sads.org or 1-800-STOP-SAD. Thank you for your generous support!
Once you have taken the steps necessary to ensure the safety of your children, consider ordering another SSS kit to take to another school in your community. These helpful materials will spread awareness and protect other children at risk.
Additional SADS Foundation Recommendations:
1. Every child should have a risk assessment history at regular intervals: preschool, before/during middle school, before/during high school and before participation in organized sports.
2. Every school should have a medical emergency response plan in place, which includes a plan for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED) in schools.
3. Every school child with a SADS condition should have an individualized care plan in place.
4. Every school with a child who has a diagnosed SADS condition should have an AED program.
5. All high school students should be trained in CPR and AED protocol as a requirement for graduation.
6. Everyone should be aware of the warning signs that may indicate a child at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest.
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