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Back to School Means More Kids Learning CPR in Vermont:


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:
  • Contact AHA Government Relations Director with questions about the law:

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
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