SADS Safe School 2013!
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 flies by, it is time for the 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 avenue to provide a safe environment for your child is through obtaining or updating your SADS school care plan with your school nurse, and bringing awareness to your school about SADS Conditions. The SADS Foundation has developed the SADS Safe School Kit, chock full of materials and information to help educate your child’s school personnel on how to keep your own child safe, as well as how to recognize warning signs in other students.
This year’s SADS Safe School campaign is aimed at implementing appropriate care plans in schools. Care plans are important tools in aiding school health professionals to ensure your child’s safety 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.
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.
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!
What the SADS Foundation Recommends:
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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