BUFFALO, NY - It seems like a course every teacher should take, but it is not required in New York State. CPR courses are not required for teachers, according to the New York State Education Department.
While teachers are not required to be trained in CPR, coaches must be CPR trained. When a Grand Island student became ill, it was an assistant principal who came performed CPR on the student and saved her life. The administrator told 2 On Your Side, she learned CPR because it was a requirement when she was a coach.
In New York, all coaches are required to have CPR training, but teachers and administrators are not.
New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak has a bill stuck in committees that would require new teachers know how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and veteran teachers would need to learn as part of re-certification.
AED equipment must be on site at each instructional school facility to ensure ready and appropriate access for use during emergencies.
The family of the student saved by an administrator issued the following statement:
We want to thank everyone and we are extremely appreciative of all the help and support. We are especially grateful for the quick response of assistant principal Eleanor Payne and the emergency responders. Our child is doing well and will be returning to school soon. Thank you for your continued prayers.