STATE-REQUIRED CPR TRAINING WORKING WELL FOR UCPS
Students across North Carolina are learning how to better handle emergency situations, thanks to a 2012 state legislation requiring all public school students to complete a CPR training program. And Union County Public Schools educators have spent the better part of the last two years working to ensure the district’s students receive the best education possible.
North Carolina passed legislation in summer 2012 requiring public schools to implement a CPR-based instructional program into the health education curriculum as a requirement for high school graduation by the end of the 2014-15 school year. Schools are required to use programs developed by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or some other nationally recognized organization “based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for CPR,” according to the legislation.
“The legislation passed requires students in the state of North Carolina who graduate from high school in 2015 (and later) to have to pass a CPR skills test,” Lindsay Jones, student fitness coordinator for middle school education, said.