Recently, the NYS Assembly brought forth a new proposal for the CPR in Schools legislation. The new bill states that the Commissioner of the State Education Department would need to make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the adoption of CPR & AED instruction as part of the curriculum. The Senate has now introduced the same legislation. Specifically the bill calls for:
- The Commissioner of the State Education Department would have 180 days to make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the adoption of CPR/AED instruction in the curriculum.
- Prior to issuing the recommendations, the Commissioner would need to seek input from interested parties – teachers, administrators, parents, students and other interested parties; and consider time and financial impacts.
- The Board of Regents would then have 60 days to accept or reject recommendations.
- If accepted, curriculum changes would take effect the following school year.
- If rejected, commissioner would need to provide report to Governor and leaders within 30 days.
Given the roadblocks of the past, this is an opening for us to get CPR/AED training for all students. What does this mean for our outreach? We need to keep with our message that CPR saves lives to reach our ultimate goal of ensuring all students learn this lifesaving skill before graduation. If the new version passes, we would then need to apply major pressure to the following:
- Commissioner of the State Education Department
- Board of Regents.
There will be more steps in the process but hopefully we reach our ultimate goal to create a new generation of lifesavers!