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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

May a school district charge a fee for the certification card to the student?

Answer: 

Because the certification is optional (the law just requires that each student TAKE a CPR class, not become certified), only if students are told that certification is optional, may a district charge for the card.

How does a school know if a transfer student has had CPR training?

Answer: 

If the student cannot satisfactorily provide proof of having completed a CPR course, have the student take another CPR course. What constitutes satisfactory proof is left to local schools to determine.

Must schools directly provide the CPR course as part of the Healthy Kids Act requirements?

Answer: 

Schools may accept proof that a student has completed CPR outside of school (for instance, as part of training to be a swim instructor or life guard, EMT, or babysitter).

When does the CPR requirement become effective?

Answer: 

This part of the Healthy Kids Act becomes effective with the graduating class of 2012.

What if a student is physically unable to perform CPR?

Answer: 

That student should be excused by school administrators. The requirement is mandated only for "physically able" students, and determining who is physically able is left to the judgment of local school officials.

What is the required psychomotor component of the course?

Answer: 

The psychomotor component provides skills training and practice that can prepare a student to perform high quality chest compressions. The inclusion of this requirement means that an online-only CPR course will not meet the requirement of the Healthy Kids Act.

What is the requirement for CPR in the Healthy Kids Act?

Answer: 

Prior to graduating, a student in a school district or accredited nonpublic district must complete a course in CPR. There is no requirement that the student receive a certification for having completed the course.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 5:34pm.