Legislation was approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly that will make training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for high school seniors.
The bill sponsors said that by making this training required in order to graduate, students will be able to learn how to save lives. Under the legislation that was passed by the General Assembly today, the training would need to include at least a hands-on course in CPR and an overview of AED use.
Current law states that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is required to write public guidelines for the CPR training, as well as local districts needing to incorporate the training into existing health education classes. Under the legislation, given final passage by the General Assembly today, the department would also need to be authorized to monitor the training so that the Rhode Island students could be proficient.
According to the American Safety and Health Institute, 36 states require CPR training for graduation, and should the bill become law, Rhode Island would join their ranks. The bills will now be transmitted to the governor for his consideration.