Requirement Breakdown

  • Requirement effective as of the 2013-2014 school year
  • School districts must provide one time cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instruction as part of the health curriculum.
  • CPR education does not need to cover all victim sizes (adult/child/infant) but does require a hands-on component to training.
  • Training may be provided through an organization that is nationally recognized and based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Teachers do not need to hold a CPR or AED instructor certification in order to teach this content.

Excerpts from Bill

“Each school district that operates a high school must offer instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to students as provided in this section. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation must be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation. Instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation under this section must: Be an instructional program developed by the American heart association or the American red cross or be nationally recognized and based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Include appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator, which may be taught by video; and Incorporate hands-on practice in addition to cognitive learning.”

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Excerpts from State Board of Education

Q: Do all high school students need to have CPR/AED instruction in the 2013-14 school year?

A: No. Legislation requires school districts to offer CPR/AED instruction beginning in the 2013-14 school year as part of course work in health education class necessary for high school graduation.

Q: Does the student need to earn certification?

A: No, students are not required to earn CPR/AED certification to successfully complete the instruction.

Q: How will compliance be enforced or monitored?

A: Each district will be responsible for monitoring and enforcing the implementation and compliance of the legislated instructional requirements for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED) instruction in high schools and guidelines for emergency medical response (EMR) and AED program implementation.

Q: What if a student moves from another district and did not receive CPR/AED instruction? Will the new district need to provide CPR/AED instruction? (For example, the student is a senior but we offer health in 9th grade.)

A: Students who have successfully completed the health course are not expected to add CPR/AED instruction. The requirement is for school districts to incorporate CPR/AED instruction in health courses beginning in the 2013-14 school year. The student must take health education for high school graduation requirements. The high school graduation statute is WAC 180-151-067.

Q: What is the high school graduation requirement for health education?

A: High school graduation requirements for health and fitness education include .5 credit in health and 1.5 credits in physical education. Minimum requirements for graduation are outlined in WAC 180-51-067.

Q: Does the CPR/AED instruction need to take place in the health and fitness class?

A: Yes. The law specifically states “in one health class.” CPR/AED instruction is found in the Washington K-12 Health and Fitness State Learning Standards under grade level expectation (GLE) 2.4.2: Evaluates emergency situations, ways to prevent injuries, and demonstrates skills to respond appropriately and safely. Chooses and demonstrates first-aid procedures that are appropriate for basic life support and automated external defibrillation (AED), caring for bone and joint emergencies, caring for cold and heat injuries, and responding to medical emergencies.

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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

These training programs will qualify for the State of Washington's Legislation Requirements:
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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