This week, the State Education Department (SED) issued the highly anticipated CPR in Schools Report to the Board of Regents. Following the presentation, the Regents openly discussed including CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. And the support from the Board of Regents was overwhelming! Members noted the costs are likely lower than presented in the SED report. Other comments included:
“Yes, great thing to do..”
“This is something that can save lives.”
“…who wouldn’t support this”
“To save one life warrants the expense.”
Board members were clearly moved by the outreach from all of you! This included the action alerts, letters and media advocacy!
Today, the report was on the agenda as a discussion item. Following the recommendations from today’s meeting, the next step is to make it “official” thru regulations.
- SED staff has been directed to develop regulations to present to the Board of Regents for next month’s meeting.
- The regulations will then be published for public comment (as required by law for regulations).
- Following the public comment period, the Board of Regents can officially adopt the regulations on CPR/AEDs in Schools.
Thanks to everyone for staying with us thru this long journey! We will continue to send letters to thank the Regents for their support and commitment until the regulations are formally adopted. And we hope many of you will join us at the State Education Building for the final vote!