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PRINTER'S NO. 486
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
529
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY FARNESE, FONTANA, BLAKE, COSTA, TARTAGLIONE,
ALLOWAY AND WARD, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in certification of teachers and in
school health services, repealing provisions relating to CPR
instruction and to cardiopulmonary resuscitation; providing
for medical emergency instruction and procedures and for
required instruction for CPR and first aid.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1205.4 of the act of March 10, 1949
(P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, added
November 22, 2000 (P.L.672, No.91), is repealed:
[Section 1205.4. CPR Instruction.--(a) School entities
shall be required to offer a cardiopulmonary resuscitation
training (CPR) class on school premises at least once every
three years. The course shall be offered as an option to all
employes of the school entity.
(b) Completion of training, including testing of skills and
knowledge, shall be documented by the signature and title of a
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representative of the training entity and shall include the date
training was completed. Documentation shall be retained in the
facility in that employe's file. Training shall be conducted by:
(1) the American Red Cross;
(2) the American Heart Association;
(3) an individual certified to conduct CPR training by the
American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other
certifying agency approved by the Department of Health; or
(4) other certifying agency approved by the Department of
Health.
(c) School districts may include this training in the
continuing education plan submitted by the district to the
Department of Education under section 1205.1.
(d) For purposes of this section, a school entity shall be
defined as a local school district, intermediate unit or area
vocational-technical school.]
Section 2. Section 1424 of the act, added June 30, 2012
(P.L.684, No.82), is repealed:
[Section 1424. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.--(a) A school
entity shall have at each school, or in the case of a cyber
charter school at each location, under its jurisdiction, except
in extenuating circumstances, one person certified in the use of
cardiopulmonary resuscitation during regular school hours when
school is in session and students are present.
(b) The provisions of 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 8332 (relating to
nonmedical good Samaritan civil immunity) and 8337.1 (relating
to civil immunity of school officers or employees relating to
emergency care, first aid and rescue) shall apply to a person
who renders cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
(c) As used in this section, "school entity" means an area
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vocational-technical school, a charter school, a cyber charter
school, an intermediate unit, a nonpublic school or a school
district.]
Section 3. The act is amended by adding an article to read:
ARTICLE XIV-A
MEDICAL EMERGENCY INSTRUCTION AND PROCEDURES
Section 1401-A. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this article
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Automated External Defibrillator" or "AED." A portable
device that uses electric shock to restore a stable heart rhythm
to an individual in cardiac arrest.
"CPR." Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
"Department." The Department of Education of the
Commonwealth.
"Professional employee." As defined under section 1101(1).
"School entity." An area vocational-technical school, a
charter school, a cyber charter school, an intermediate unit, a
nonpublic school or a school district.
Section 1402-A. CPR and first aid instruction.
(a) Instruction.--All of the following shall apply:
(1) A school entity shall provide instruction in the
principles and techniques of CPR and first aid on the school
premises as necessary to ensure continuous certification of
all of the following:
(i) The professional employees of the school entity.
(ii) The athletic and cheerleading coaches of the
school entity.
(2) A school entity shall offer the instruction as an
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option to volunteers of the school entity no less than once
every three years.
(b) Documentation of training.--Completion of training,
including testing of skills and knowledge, shall be documented
by the signature and title of a representative of the training
entity and shall include the date training was completed.
Documentation shall be retained by the school entity in that
employee's or volunteer's file. Training shall be conducted by
any of the following:
(1) The American Red Cross.
(2) The American Heart Association.
(3) Any other certifying agency approved by the
Department of Health.
(4) An individual certified to conduct CPR and first aid
training by the American Red Cross, American Heart
Association or any other certifying agency approved by the
Department of Health.
(c) Continuing education.--A school entity shall include
this training in the continuing education plan submitted by the
school entity to the department under section 1205.1.
Section 1403-A. Cardiac arrest procedures.
A school entity shall develop safety procedures to follow in
responding to a medical emergency involving cardiac arrest,
including the appropriate response time in administering CPR,
using an AED or calling a local emergency medical services
provider, provided that no school entity shall be required to
establish new procedures under this section if procedures
currently exist and reasonably fulfill the requirements of this
section.
Section 1404-A. AED instruction.
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Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1423(c)(1), a
school entity that has an AED located in one or more school
buildings or locations shall assure that no fewer than four
individuals assigned to each school building or location with an
AED are trained in the use of an AED.
Section 1405-A. Donations for CPR and first aid instruction.
(a) Donations to the department.--The department may review
and provide coordination strategies for public and private
sector efforts to raise and appropriate funds and may enter into
an agreement with a State agency, private sector organization or
person as it deems necessary to implement the purposes of this
article. The department may establish accounts and accept and
administer gifts, donations or other funds received by the
department to achieve the purposes of this article.
(b) Disbursement.--The department shall develop procedures
for disbursing gifts, donations or other funds to school
entities. The department may use no more than 1% of the gifts,
donations or other funds received to implement the procedures.
(c) Donations to school entities.--A school entity may
accept donations, gifts or other funds from the department, a
State agency or private sector organization to achieve the
purposes of this article.
Section 1406-A. Immunity.
The provisions of 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 8332 (relating to emergency
response provider and bystander good samaritan civil immunity)
and 8337.1 (relating to civil immunity of school officers or
employees relating to emergency care, first aid and rescue)
shall apply to an individual who renders CPR or first aid.
Section 1407-A. Regulations.
The department may adopt regulations necessary to effectuate
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this article.
Section 4. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
Section 1511.2. Required Instruction for CPR and First
Aid.--(a) Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year and each
school year thereafter, in every secondary public and private
school, established and maintained in this Commonwealth,
completion of training and certification in CPR and first aid
shall be required for student graduation from high school .
(b) Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year and each school
year thereafter, each school entity shall provide secondary
students with training and testing on the principles and
techniques of CPR and first aid in accordance with subsection
(c).
(c) A training entity shall train and test secondary
students' knowledge of CPR and first aid. Completion of the
training shall be documented by the signature and title of the
representative of the training entity and shall include the date
when the training was completed. A copy of the documentation
shall be submitted to the school entity and shall be maintained
in the student's records.
(d) T he Department of Education may adopt regulations
necessary to effectuate this section.
(e) The following words and phrases when used in this
section shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection
unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"CPR." Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
"School entity." An area vocational-technical school, a
charter school, a cyber charter school, an intermediate unit, a
nonpublic school or a school district.
"Training entity." Any of the following:
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(1) The American Red Cross.
(2) The American Heart Association.
(3) Any other certifying agency approved by the Department
of Health.
(4) An individual certified to conduct CPR and first aid
training by the American Red Cross, the American Heart
Association or any other certifying agency approved by the
Department of Health.
Section 5. This act shall take effect as follows:
(1) The addition of section 1403-A of the act shall take
effect in 180 days.
(2) The addition of sections 1406-A and 1511.2(d) of the
act shall take effect in 30 days.
(3) This section shall take effect immediately.
(4) The remainder of this act shall take effect in one
year.
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