CPR training is something that people of all ages should have. You never know when you might find yourself in an emergency situation and someone is depending on you to save their life.
Starting this 2017-2018 school year, students will be required to have thirty minutes of CPR training and choking first aid (Heimlich maneuver) in order to receive their diploma.
SB 711 declares that any public school or charter school serving grades seven through twelve shall provide enrolled students instruction in cardiopulmonary and resuscitation.
Students will only be required to have thirty minutes CPR training, not full certification, although becoming certified is encouraged.
This training will be provided by schools and included in their health or physical education programs. While thirty minutes is not enough to become completely certified, it’s enough to potentially save someone’s life.
Missouri is joining Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin in training students prior to high school graduation.
Representative Ron Hicks has stated that the American Heart Association would be providing schools with CPR and choking first aid kits. The best you can be in an emergency is to be prepared.