15-718.01. Instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation; exemptions; definition

A. On or before July 1, 2019, school districts and charter schools shall provide public school pupils with one or more training sessions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, through the use of psychomotor skills in an age-appropriate manner, during high school.  This training shall be based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A school district or charter school may assign homework to satisfy the requirements of this subsection and subsections B and E of this section, if the completion of the homework is verified by a teacher or parent.

B. School district or charter school instruction that results in cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification must be provided by a certified cardiopulmonary resuscitation trainer.  This subsection does not require a teacher or administrator who facilitates, provides or oversees the instruction to be an authorized trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the instruction does not result in cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification.

C. The instruction provided under subsection A of this section must include the hands-on practicing of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, except for students who are enrolled in an online school as defined in section 15-808.

D. A pupil shall be excused from the instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the request of either:

1. The pupil's parent.

2. A pupil who provides written documentation that the pupil has previously received training in or is currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

3. If the pupil is a child with a disability as defined in section 15-731, the pupil's individualized education program team if the individualized education program team makes a determination to excuse the pupil from the instruction.

E. A school district or charter school may accept from any person, public entity or other legal entity in-kind donations of materials, equipment or services that may be used in the instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

F. A school district or charter school may use any of the following persons to provide instruction and training pursuant to this section:

1. Emergency medical technicians.

2. Paramedics.

3. Fire department personnel.

4. Police officers.

5. Representatives of the American heart association.

6. Representatives of the American red cross.

7. Teachers.

8. Other school employees.

9. Other similarly qualified persons.

G. For the purposes of this section, "psychomotor skills" means sequences of physical actions that are practiced in a manner that supports cognitive learning.