LaMoure Public School and Central Valley Public School in Buxton are the first schools in North Dakota to be recognized as CPR Smart by the American Heart Association by including CPR and AED training into their required curriculum for high school graduation.
To achieve CPR Smart School recognition, both school districts needed to select a grade level in which to incorporate the CPR/AED training, a required course for graduation, a CPR training course, and their school board needed to take action. Schools that achieve CPR Smart designation receive a CPR SMART window sign, recognition on website honor roll, and special recognition during AHA Day at the Capitol in 2015.
The American Heart Association was proud to champion SB 2238 – the CPR in Schools funding bill designed to established a platform by which every graduating high school student will learn and practice how to perform CPR – creating our next generation of community lifesavers. The legislature appropriated $450,000 in CPR training support for all North Dakota high schools – public and private. The intent is to fund one grade level per year within a school. AED training is also a required component of the training. The training can be done in one regular class period for Hands Only CPR training or a school can select a 4-6 hour certification course built into several class periods.