Students receive certifications

The new statewide requirement to train students in basic first aid and CPR certification is underway in the Berkshire Local School District thanks to the initiative of health and physical education teacher Heather Giel. Her intent is to add a new layer of training and formally certify all students in seventh through 12th grade, a classification which lasts for two years. Students in the specified grades began the certification process last week with the help of partners at University Hospitals who were onsite for three days to provide their training and assistance.

Specifically, students were instructed on how to perform basic first aid and CPR on adults and infants, in addition to how to aid when someone is choking or experiencing other life-threatening conditions. From here, students will be re-certified every two years to maintain their status of being fully equipped and prepared with this most important set of future-ready skills.

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