SB 115: CPR Instruction for High School Students


This legislation was introduced by Senator Killion and would require PDE to develop a cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) model curriculum and guidelines for students in grades 9-12. PDE would be required to work with the Department of Health to develop this curriculum to include the “hands-only” technique for CPR instruction and the use of an automated external defibrillator, and to ensure that it is feasible at the local level. This includes having local educators trained and giving them access to the resources needed to train students. A teacher or educator may instruct this course without a CPR certification; however, they must be accompanied by a teacher or volunteer with a Pennsylvania certification, including certification in physical education, health education or a school nurse that is CPR certified. Schools would have the option to use the PDE curriculum or their own existing curriculum as long it meets the state’s standards.

The instruction may be integrated into existing health courses. A school may use the model curriculum or develop its own.

There are 38 states that have signed similar legislation into law. As cardiac conditions grow amongst Americans, CPR training is being recognized as a highly valuable skill for young adults to have.

Effective Date
The new law is effective beginning in the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

Killion, Argall, Baker, Bartolotta, Blake, Boscola, Browne, Costa, Dinniman, Folmer, Fontana, Haywood, Langerholc, Laughlin, Martin, Mensch, Scavello, Schwank, Stefano, J. Ward, Brewster, Leach, Collett and Farnese

Last Action
Signed into law by Governor Wolf as Act 7 of 2019 on June 12, 2019.