Brandy Rowe RN, District Health Coordinator McCreary County School District
Students now will have a new skill prior to high school graduation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 33 on April 9, 2016 that requires public high school students be taught CPR in the Physical Education or Health Class as part of the requirement for graduation. Senate Bill 33 reads ” every public high school shall provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to students as part of the health course or the physical education course that is required for high school graduation or the Junior Reserve Officers Training course that meet the physical education requirement.” The CPR training will follow guidelines from American Heart Association.
Mrs. Sharon Privett, principal at McCreary Central High School states “CPR will be taught in all integrated Health and PE classes and all elective Advanced PE classes.” She reported that all PE teachers and JROTC teachers are trained in the skill of CPR. She reports that 114 people are trained in the life-saving skill currently at MCHS, those included in that total are administrators, teachers, staff, nurses and students. McCreary Central High School offers Career and Technical courses in Health Education, with the completion of this program students can take the state examination for Certified Nursing Assistant. Upon passing the examination students will be workplace ready in the health care field.
We currently have 3 school nurses that are certified CPR instructors with the American Heart Association and provide CPR training for staff of the McCreary County School District. The school district has Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in each school, athletic complex, central office and bus garage. Sudden cardiac arrest and life-threatening emergencies can happen anywhere, as a district we have planned for emergencies and with trained staff administering first aid, CPR and using Automated External Defibrillators (AED) we can greatly increase the chance of survival.
McCreary County School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect student health and well-being. The district currently has a Registered Nurse in each school that provides care through the nursing clinics at each school site. The school nurse in each school provides care to students with special health care needs, such as diabetes, asthma and allergies. The school nurse provides care for acute as well as long term illnesses and administers medications as prescribed. The school year 2015-2016 district wide there were 26,010 occurrences where the school nurses provided care to individual students. If your child has a special health care need or if you have a question please contact the school nurse at the school your child attends.