2013 -- S 0318
A N A C T
RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM--CPR TRAINING
Introduced By: Senators Doyle, Lynch, and Gallo
Date Introduced: February 13, 2013
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 16-22-15 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-22 entitled
"Curriculum" is hereby amended to read as follows:
16-22-15. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. -- (a) The department of
elementary and secondary education shall develop and prescribe a cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) training course for public school students in the state. The course shall be established in
accordance with the requirements and criteria obtained from the Red Cross and/or the American
, Rhode Island
Affiliate, Inc. and the director of the department of health.
(b) The department of elementary and secondary education shall promulgate course
guidelines including the age or grade level of pupils required to receive cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) training. This shall at a minimum include psychomotor skill-based
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and an overview of automated external defibrillator
(AED) use for all high school students prior to graduation. "Psychomotor skill" is defined as the
use of hands-on practicing to support cognitive learning. Cognitive-only training does not qualify.
Formal certification is not required.
school committees of the several cities, towns, and school districts shall
provide for the incorporation of the course in training in existing health education courses. The
department of elementary and secondary education shall establish a procedure for monitoring
adherence to this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.