senate Bill S532

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Requires basic CPR training in secondary school health education curricula

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S532 - Bill Details

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S532 - Bill Texts

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An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the
inclusion of basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in secondary
school health education curricula

This bill requires training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be
given as a part of the high school health curriculum.

Section 1: Section 804-c of the Education Law, as added by chapter 269
of the laws of 1999. Subdivision (l) states that instructions
regarding training in CPR shall be offered as a part of the secondary
school health curriculum. In addition to the requirement that all
teachers of health education be certified to teach health, any person
instructing pupils in CPR must possess a valid certification by an
agency offering such a certification within this area. To effectuate
these requirements, schools shall be eligible for funding through the
boards of cooperative educational services. Off-site training in CPR
that is approved by a nationally-recognized organization may fulfill
the requirements of this section.

Subdivision (2) states that the commissioner may prescribe regulations
governing such health education courses which shall include
instruction in CPR and shall provide for a three year phase-in
schedule of duties created by this article.

Subdivision (3) states that school authorities or off-site entities
providing such a course must provide the needed facilities, time and
place for the instruction and training, and shall provide learning
aids and curriculum resource materials to support the course of study.

Subdivision (4) As part of the NYS learning standards review
initiative the regents should consider the inclusion of CPR as part of
the standards for inclusion in curriculum guidance.

Section 2: Effective Date.

Currently, CPR may be offered as a voluntary addition to the health

Due to the increased percentages of people diagnosed with heart
disease each year, CPR instruction can provide students with the
knowledge necessary to save lives. This bill will require secondary
schools to provide CPR instruction. This bill will also ensure that
such instructions are properly given and that all lessons meet the
established standards of professional organizations such as the
American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Furthermore,
this legislation ensures that schools have the necessary resources to
execute the above requirements.

This bill will not require high school students to become certified in
CPR, but simply give them the necessary training. By requiring schools
to offer CPR training as part of a student's health education
curriculum, this bill will increase awareness of important life saving

2008 - Passed Senate

To be determined.

This act shall take effect immediately.
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