Schools are meant to prepare students to contribute to their communities. And they are doing just that in Vermont.
The American Heart Association helped pass a law requiring Vermont schools to teach Hands-only CPR as part of health education in schools. This means, each year in Vermont, a new batch of kids will leave school ready to save a life.
If your school is looking for information on how to implement Vermont’s CPR law, please share these resources:
The American Heart Association offers video based courses/kits in Hands-Only CPR that can be easily led by a facilitator such as a PE or health teacher and don’t require certification. These courses are:
- Family and Friends CPR Classroom Course -- an instructor lead course (can be led by teachers/others who aren't CPR instructor certified) and takes less than an half an hour
- Family and Friends CPR Anytime Course -- a self-contained kit with a mini mannequin and DVD which is self-guided (takes 22 minutes).
- Schools can turn to AHA training centers, fire or rescue depts. in their area to see if a local instructor would be willing to come and teach the students or loan manikins to the school for use along with the video based courses.
- To find AHA classes and training centers, people can access the American Heart Association’s CPR Class Locator to find a class near their school or on-line or call 1-877-AHA-4CPR.
- Contact AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care staff with questions on training:
- George Murphy, Community CPR Manager – 617-293-7425, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Dickinson, ECC Account Manager -- 214-706-2201, email@example.com
- Contact AHA Government Relations Director with questions about the law:
- Tina Zuk, Govt. Relations Dir. – 802-288-8305, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other training options/resources:
- The Department of Education has ten of the American Heart Association’s CPR Anytime kits available for schools to use in its school resources library.
- Schools can call their local fire or rescue dept.
- Call one of Vermont’s EMS district offices.
- Vermont Department of Education, Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Consultant
- Vermont Department of Health, Sharonlee Trefry, School Nurse Consultant
- Matt Vinci, Vermont Professional Firefighters
- Chris Bell, State EMS Director
- Jim Finger, Vermont Ambulance Association