Teachers Should be Required to Update CPR certification to Renew Their Teaching Credential
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Public School Teachers have to be CPR/First Aid certified to become a teacher, however NEVER have to renew their certification to stay in the classroom.
Do you want your child in a classroom where the teacher and school staff have not updated their CPR/First Aid certification in 10, 15, or even 20 years?
Teachers are required every few years to renew their teaching credential in order to stay in the classroom. Why is updating their CPR/First Aid certification not a part of this requirement?
We need to change this!
CPR certification expires every 2 years and techniques have changed significantly over the years. Choking in the lunch room, wounds and broken bones from falling off playground equipment, severe allergic reaction and needing an epi pen administered quickly. These things happen all the time, and our teachers need to have up to date training.
For Every minute that an AED is unavailable, the victim has a 10% less chance of survival. Once the heart stops beating, brain death occurs in 4 to 6 minutes. Performing CPR provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs to give the victim the best chance of full recovery after EMS takes over. If CPR is given within the first four minutes of a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival double.
We need to make this a priority, we have safety drills at our school every few weeks, earthquake, fire, active shooter, etc. however, if a child chokes on a carrot in the cafeteria...there is most likely no one trained to help!
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