• Did you know...

     -Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults?
     -CPR doubles a person's chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest?
     -About 60% of heart attacks resulting in cardiac arrest occur in the presence of a witness who might be able to save the victim?

    With the knowledge of these and other facts,the legislature recently passed Session Law 2012-197-House Bill 837 "an act to make successful completion of instruction in CPR available to all students with a plan to phase in completion of CPR instruction as a high school graduation requirement by 2015." In Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, the first cohort of students to face this requirement is the class of 2015. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, we will continue to teach CPR in our high school Life Management Skills course, as well as in our 8th grade Health and Physical Education courses. The following attachments can provide more information regarding the specific requirements of the law and the State Board of Education.

    CPR Legislation
    CPR Instruction Requirements
    CPR EC/LEP Subcommittee Minutes
    CPR Checklist  
    In Guilford County Schools, eighth grade students complete CPR as part of the health and physical education curriculum. With the help of Guilford Technical Community College and American Heart Association, all GCS high schools offer hands-only CPR to students who were not able to take the course during their eighth grade year in GCS. This training helps ensure that our teachers provide the skills for students to meet the graduation requirement and know the basic skills for being able to save a life in the event of a cardiac emergency. Teachers may find resources and tools to facilitate instruction in Hands Only CPR in the links below:
    Hands Only Video
    AED Handout
    Helpful Documents for Guidance: