MORRISTOWN, NJ - On August 20, 2014, Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno, signed a bill that will go into effect September 1, 2014 for this upcoming school year. The newly passed bill states, “All graduating high school seniors will be required to pass a CPR course as part of their high school curriculum.”

The new bill will affect all individuals in the school environment, including students, teachers, and administrators. 

The Department of Education and The American Red Cross are currently working on how to incorporate the new laws into both private and public schools.

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The Red Cross explained the need for these laws.  According to a study from a Pediatric Journal, “About 2,000 Americans under the age of 25 die of sudden cardiac arrest each year.”

The American Red Cross stated, “The two new laws will help avoid unnecessary deaths in our schools.”

In addition, The American Red Cross explained, “Hopefully, now students will have the necessary training to help fellow citizens suffering from cardiac arrest until trained medical help arrives.”

In 2006, in Warren, NJ, Janet Zilinski, died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest.  After Janet’s passing, Janet’s law came into effect stating that every school is required to have an AED (automatic external defibrillator) on school grounds.

In addition to the physical positioning of an AED, at least five school employees must be certified to use it in case of a cardiac emergency.

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