On January 20th, the Class of 2022 underwent a training for cognitive and skills evaluations in accordance with the curriculum of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support in CPR and AED Program. Each student successfully completed this program and now has the skills to perform CPR and use an AED machine. The reason behind this type of training was that the Kansas State Board of Education members approved for student to have CPR training before they graduate. This was decided back in December of 2017. Their reasoning was very simple — to save lives and to empower Kansas high school students to be lifesavers by giving them the skills and confidence needed to help during a cardiac emergency (CPR, ksde.org, Jan. 2018).
Here is what the new standard says as a requirement:
The training must be based on current American Heart Association standards or other nationally recognized guidelines.
Students must understand and demonstrate through hands-on practice, CPR and AED procedures.
Students must explain, demonstrate, and apply basic first aid skills.
(CPR, ksde.org, Jan. 2018).
Our first class, the Sophomores, have completed this training and will be able to perform these skills if need be. If there is a concern for using these skills, instructor Stephen Dale assured all our students that they will be protected by the “Good Samaritan Law.”
For Good Samaritan Laws states:
The situation must be an emergency.
The services rendered must be voluntary.
The victim receiving care must be accepting of it. Obtain consent whenever possible.
The care provided must be rendered free of charge.
The care performed must be done “in good faith” to help.
The care provided cannot be considered as gross negligence or willful misconduct.
(Good Samaritan. cordem.org)
Dexter schools is excited to have students with CPR and AED skills, although we hope they never have to use them. However, if there is a situation, we know our students will be ready to help!
By: Whitney Killman
“CPR in Kansas.” Kansas Department of Education.Jan. 2018. https://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/Learning%20Services%20Documents/CPR_Kansas.pdf
“Good Samaritan Law: Summary Handout.” cordem.org