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Back to School Means More Kids Learning CPR in Vermont:

by Tina Z. on Friday, August 30, 2013

Schools are meant to prepare students to contribute to their communities. And they are doing just that in Vermont.

The American Heart Association helped pass a law requiring Vermont schools to teach Hands-only CPR as part of health education in schools. This means, each year in Vermont, a new batch of kids will leave school ready to save a life.

If your school is looking for information on how to implement Vermont’s CPR law, please share these resources:

The American Heart Association offers video based courses/kits in Hands-Only CPR that can be easily led by a facilitator such as a PE or health teacher and don’t require certification.  These courses are:

    • Family and Friends CPR Classroom Course -- an instructor lead course (can be led by teachers/others who aren't CPR instructor certified) and takes less than an half an hour
    • Family and Friends CPR Anytime Course -- a self-contained kit with a mini mannequin and DVD which is self-guided (takes 22 minutes).  
  • Schools can turn to AHA training centers, fire or rescue depts. in their area to see if a local instructor would be willing to come and teach the students or loan manikins to the school for use along with the video based courses.
  • To find AHA classes and training centers, people can access the American Heart Association’s CPR Class Locator to find a class near their school or on-line or call 1-877-AHA-4CPR.
  • Contact AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care staff with questions on training:
  • Contact AHA Government Relations Director with questions about the law:

Other training options/resources:

  • The Department of Education has ten of the American Heart Association’s CPR Anytime kits available for schools to use in its school resources library.
  • Schools can call their local fire or rescue dept.
  • Call one of Vermont’s EMS district offices.
  • Vermont Department of Education, Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Consultant
  • Vermont Department of Health, Sharonlee Trefry, School Nurse Consultant
  • Matt Vinci, Vermont Professional Firefighters
  • Chris Bell, State EMS Director
  • Jim Finger, Vermont Ambulance Association

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