- Requirement goes into effect for all students entering the ninth grade in the 2015-2016 school year as a graduation requirement.
- School districts must provide one time cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instruction in a class of their choosing.
- CPR education does not need to cover all victim sizes (adult/child/infant) but does require a hands-on component to training.
- Training must be developed by the American Heart Association, or the American Red Cross, OR be a nationally recognized company based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for CPR and use of an AED.
Excerpts from Bill
“BEGINNING WITH STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 9 IN THE 2015–2016 SCHOOL YEAR, TO GRADUATE FROM A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, A STUDENT SHALL COMPLETE INSTRUCTION IN CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION AND THE USE OF AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR…
…INCORPORATE THE PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS NECESSARY TO PERFORM CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION AND TO USE AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR.”
Excerpts from State Board of Education
“(b) Beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2015–2016 school year, a student shall complete, as part of the health or physical education curriculum, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes hands–only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.
(c) Beginning in the 2015–2016 school year, each county board shall provide, as part of the health or physical education curriculum, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes hands–only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator in every public school that enrolls students in any of the grades 9 through 12 in the county.”
Student CPR Programs that Meet This RequirementThese courses will qualify for the Maryland Graduation CPR Training Requirement:
|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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