Bill S2037-2011

Requires attendance of a person certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in school buildings being attended by pupils

Requires school districts to provide adequate personnel who are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in each school building being attended by pupils in numbers determined to be sufficient by the commissioner of education; requires that such person successfully complete the basic life support course conducted by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or other program certified by the Commissioner of Education; requires that the names of such certified individuals be posted and available to all employees and pupils.

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  • Jan 18, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S2037

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the presence of a person certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in school buildings being attended by pupils

SUMMARY OF BILL: Amends the Education Law by adding a new Section 920-a requiring school districts to provide adequate personnel certified in CPR in each school building being attended by pupils in numbers determined by the Commissioner of Education to be sufficient. It requires that such person successfully complete the basic life support course conducted by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or other program certified by the Commissioner of Education. It also requires that the names of certified individuals be posted and available to all employees and pupils.

JUSTIFICATION: Recent statistics indicate that each year nearly one million Americans suffer heart attacks and more than one half of them (nearly 650,000) die before reaching a hospital or receiving medical treatment. This bill would ensure that adequate personnel in each school building be equipped with this expertise to provide students and staff with an extra margin of safety. With increased public knowledge of lifesaving techniques and emergency medical services, school personnel should be properly trained to deal with medical emergencies involving students or faculty. Failure to provide appropriate care has resulted in at least two lawsuits against school districts.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: The Education Law does not address this issue.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2037 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. KRUGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the presence of a person certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in school buildings being attended by pupils THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 921 to read as follows: S 921. CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION SERVICE REQUIRED IN ALL SCHOOL BUILDINGS. 1. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST PROVIDE A PERSON OR PERSONS CERTIFIED IN CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION IN SUCH NUMBERS AS SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND SUFFICIENT TO COVER ALL SCHOOL BUILD- INGS WHICH ARE BEING ATTENDED BY PUPILS. SUCH PERSON OR PERSONS MAY INCLUDE A TEACHER OR ANY OTHER FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. 2. THE NAMES OF EMPLOYEES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CERTIFIED IN CARDIOP- ULMONARY RESUSCITATION SHALL BE POSTED IN EACH BUILDING OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN A PLACE AND MANNER AVAILABLE TO ALL EMPLOYEES AND PUPILS. 3. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A PERSON IS CONSIDERED CERTIFIED IN CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION IF HE OR SHE HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE BASIC LIFE SUPPORT COURSE IN SUCH TREATMENT CONDUCTED BY THE AMERI- CAN RED CROSS OR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND OTHERWISE MEETS SUCH REQUIREMENTS AS MAY BE ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, CONTINUING EDUCATION OR TRAINING TO MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION IN CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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