Gov. Wolf Expected to sign CPR Instruction Bill (June 7, 2019)

SB 115, which would require PDE to identify or develop a model curriculum and guidelines for instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction (CPR) for students in grades 9-12, was approved as amended on June 5th by both the House and Senate and sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The curriculum must include information regarding hands-on training and on the purpose of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The instruction may be integrated into existing health courses. A school may use the model curriculum or develop its own. A teacher, instructor or community volunteer may provide the instruction and would not have to be a certified CPR trainer. The person would be subject to required background checks. An individual who in good faith provides CPR instruction would not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission relating to the instruction. The CPR instruction must include the participation of an educator with a Pennsylvania certification, including certification in physical education, health education, or a school nurse.