Chapter 134

2013 -- S 0318

Enacted 06/24/13





     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

Heart Association, 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.

     (b)(c) The 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.