CPR in Schools: Creating Generations of Lifesavers
The American Heart Association believes all Texas school districts should have the resources and training necessary to teach CPR to high school students, so they are prepared to step in and save a life in an emergency. Join us by creating a video on your phone asking Texas lawmakers to support CPR training in schools with updated equipment and instruction.
READ. Review the information below.
RALLY. Ask a friend or family member to join you in your video.
RECORD. Add your 30-90 second video directly from this page.
Talking Points: Feel empowered to use your own words and be creative!
- CPR training has been required for graduating seniors in Texas since 2013.
- Content of CPR courses, how CPR is taught and the intensity of the courses are left up to each school district.
- Over the last decade, and especially during the pandemic, many districts have sought waivers to do away with CPR training. As a result, CPR instruction and availability of resources, such as CPR kits, have weakened.
- More funding is needed to make sure students are taught CPR according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines for emergency cardiovascular care.
Tips to record your CPR in Schools video:
- Orient your phone to the landscape position (on its side).
- Choose a quiet place to record and position your subject no more than 4 feet away from the subject.
- Have your subject speak as loud as they can in a tone that’s comfortable for them.
- Shoot from the waist up and slightly to the left or right of center.
- Position your subject facing a window or light with the light behind you.
- If you are holding your phone while recording, tuck your elbows into your torso to help steady the camera.
- When you start recording, have the subject take a deep breath and count to 3 in their head before they begin. Then count to three in your head at the end of the video before you stop recording.
QUESTIONS? Allison Hogue, AHA Grassroots Manager, [email protected]