Requirement Breakdown

  • Requirement goes into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • School districts must provide onetime cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instruction as part of their high school health curriculum.
  • CPR and AED curriculum must be developed by a provider using nationally recognized and evidence based guidelines and must include a psychomotor (hands-on) component.
  • Schools may submit a request to the state superintendent to waive the psychomotor skill component.

Excerpts from Bill

“each school corporation and accredited nonpublic school shall include in the school corporation’s or accredited nonpublic school’s high school health Education curriculum instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator for its students. The instruction must incorporate the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator”

“must include either of the following:
(1) An instructional program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
(2) An instructional program that is nationally recognized and is based on the most current national evidence based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.”

“If a school is unable to comply with the psychomotor skill component of the instruction required under subsection (b), the governing body may submit a request to the state superintendent to waive the psychomotor skill component. The state superintendent shall take action on the waiver request within thirty (30) days of receiving the request for a waiver. A waiver request must:
(1) be in writing;
(2) include the reason or reasons that necessitated the waiver request;
(3) indicate the extent to which the school attempted to comply with the requirements under subsection (b); and
(4) be submitted each year for the school year the school requests the waiver”

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Excerpts from State Board of Education

Q: Are schools required to include CPR and AED instruction in a specific course?
A: While you are not required to include this instruction in a specific course, the recommendation would be to include this instruction in the Health and Wellness Education course (code 3506) as this is typically used to meet the Health and Wellness requirement.

Q: If students took their health and wellness credit prior to the 2014-15 school year, must schools go back and provide this instruction to these students?
A: No – this is not a “graduation requirement” but rather the instruction has to be included in the health curriculum starting as of the 2014-15 school year.

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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

School districts are able to meet the state CPR education requirement with either of the two programs below.  Student CPR can be used to provide either an awareness level course or a certification level course to students.
  Student CPR Awareness Level Community CPR Certification Program
Supplies Needed Adult Manikin, AED Trainer Adult & Infant Manikin, AED Trainer
Initial Evaluator Training Time 20-30 minutes 4-5 hours
Online Course Time 1 hour training, 20 minute test 1 hour training, 20 minute test
Hands-On Time (per group) 10-15 minutes 20-25 minutes
Certification Level No certification 2-year Community CPR Certification
Cost for Students & Evaluators FREE FREE

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