SADS Safe Schools
SADS Tips for Parents: Children & Back to School
We want you to feel safe and secure sending your child back to school – and make schools a place that all kids can thrive. Make your local school system safe for your children – and other kids – by following these simple steps to educate your school!
- Fill out a Care Plan for school health professionals
- Use our Back-to-School Checklist to help create a safe school environment for your children.
- Order your free SADS Safe Schools Packet
- Register to watch our SADS Safe Schools Webinar to learn more about how you can make an impact in your local school system.
- Become a volunteer this SADS Safe Schools month and make a difference in your local community! Your participation could save a life.
Children or adults with inherited arrhythmias (e.g. LQTS, BrS, CPVT, etc.) are not at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than anyone else.
The SADS Foundation recommends that all adults and children 12 and over with SADS conditions receive a vaccination.
SADS Safe Schools Webinar – Tips for Parents
What the SADS Foundation Recommends
Every school should have a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (or an emergency action plan) in place, which includes a plan for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED) in schools.
All high school students should be trained in CPR and AED’s as a requirement for graduation.
Everyone should be aware of the warning signs that may indicate a child at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest.
Consider Raising Awareness at Your School
Put SADS posters in hallways, teachers’ lounges, gyms, etc.
Ask your principal, coach and/or school nurse to add SADS Risk Assessment questions to the school’s physical screening forms.
Arrange CPR training with school nurses for the kids, teachers, and coaches.
Encourage your school nurses to watch our webinar and to encourage other school health professionals watch, too..
Put articles in school newspapers, PTA newsletters and other local publications.
CPR and AED Training to Save Lives
Sarah Katz was diagnosed with LQT at age 5 after which it was well managed with beta blockers. However, we shockingly lost her at the age of 21 to an SCA. Sarah spent much time teaching CPR/AED awareness and we share this video in honor of Sarah.
Don’t Just Check the Box
Let’s stop checking the box and check in on family heart history and warning signs that put kids at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
If you have any questions about keeping your child safe at school, please contact Genevie@sads.org or call 1-801-272-3023.