NORMAL – A new state law will require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students attending all Illinois high schools. Governor Pat Quinn was joined on June 5 by the Laman and Bell families and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois at their annual meeting in Normal to sign the measure.
“It is not often our high school students are faced with the opportunity to save a life,” Governor Quinn said. “Should an emergency arise, we want our students ready to step in and take action. This common-sense law will make sure they are better prepared to help their classmates, teachers, family and friends in case of an emergency.”
Sponsored by State Representative Daniel Burke (D-Chicago) and State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), House Bill 3724 requires that all secondary schools in Illinois train students on how to properly administer CPR and how to use an AED. The new law allows students to opt out of the training if their parents submit a written objection. The law will be effective for the 2014-15 school year.
Locally, the new law will not necessitate any changes to the curriculum. Mendota High School Superintendent Jeff Prusator said MHS has four trained providers on staff who have instructed students in CPR and AED use as part of their sophomore health classes for many years. “The only difference for us now is that we will HAVE to do it instead of choosing to do this as part of our curriculum,” Prusator noted. “Luckily for us, we will not see much of a change for our students.”
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