APS explores how to add CPR training

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is looking how to best adhere to a recently passed state law requiring students be trained in CPR and use of automated external defibrillators.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the curriculum and technology committee, Superintendent John VanWagoner updated committee members on the district’s plan to comply with the new standards.

“We’ll be waiting for clarification from the Michigan Department of Education on the primary details,” he said. “We do know something specific in the bill: it does not require certification.”

The law, which was signed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Dec. 28, mandates the curriculum must follow standards set by the American Heart Association or a nationally recognized evidence-based program.

The law is aimed at seventh through 12th grade classes, but does not apply to the graduating class this year. However, starting next school year, graduating seniors must have completed the required training.

VanWagoner said the district may look to phase in the new requirements into health classes but it would depend on how in-depth and resource intensive the requirements are.

Another aspect the committee discussed was if the district would have to acquire more defibrillators for the training. However with the district having several throughout the schools, as well staff trained with the devices, the implementation should not be too burdensome.

Clarification and guidelines for the state were expected sometime in the early spring.

Tyler Winowiecki can be reached via email at twinowiecki@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688. Follow Tyler on Twitter tw_alpenanews.