Freshmen and sophomores in Indiana high schools will now be required to learn CPR after a new state law went into effect requiring CPR training as part of required health classes.
Danielle Patterson, senior advocacy director at the American Heart Association, says training 300,000 high school students a year will be a big step toward a national goal of ensuring 80 percent of the population knows CPR, and can intervene if someone goes into cardiac arrest.
Chandler Representative Ron Bacon, who authored the law, says it includes a waiver for schools who can‘t afford the $600 training kits.
“In that process we would learn who needs it and who doesn’t so we could go out there and find assets for them so they could come into compliance with the law,” he says.
Bacon, state school superintendent Glenda Ritz, and the American Heart Association presented the new program and a donation to Frankfort High School and other Clinton County schools on Wednesday.
A donor to the heart association paid for the $600 kits in his will.