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YUHSD students and staff earning CPR and basic life support certification

As a way to further increase safety on Yuma Union High School District campuses and in the community, district athletic trainers are offering adult First Aid, CPR and AED certification trainings throughout the 2019-2020 school year. students practicing CPR

So far, 40 staff members have been trained in the first class offerings, with six more dates offered at various locations between October and February. The training costs YUHSD staff members $30.

YUHSD Career & Technical Education Technology Coach Kathy Hoover, who also serves as an Athletic Trainer for the district, oversees the program and conducts the training opportunities along with Gila Ridge Athletic Trainer Jamie Behr and Cibola Athletic Trainer Johanna Elliott. Last year, Hoover, Behr and Elliott certified 55 staff members.

“It's vital that school staff who are entrusted with the safety of kids under their supervision have the training to prepare them to respond to emergencies that may occur during their classes, after school activities, and athletics,” Hoover said. “The actions that can be taken in the first few minutes are the ones that save lives. Our city emergency departments rely on first responders like our school staff to recognize when there is an emergency and take quick action to help in a health-related emergency. Those first responder skills are simple and easy to use, and having that training improves our confidence to act swiftly when emergencies occur.”

Additionally, 620 CTE students were certified in Basic Life Support and First Aid through the American Heart Association during the 2018-2019 school year in Sports Medicine, Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Law & Public Safety, Early Childhood Education, and Education Professions programs.

Another area in which YUHSD staff members are taking preemptive measures is in the creation of Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for athletic programs. Each level of athletics on every campus from freshman teams to varsity, has specific plans in place to act in an emergency situation. This includes rehearsing roles and responsibilities such as who is in charge of opening a gate for an emergency vehicle, who calls 9-1-1, and more. 

Eric Patten