COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 221

September 12, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Mandated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Emergency First Aid and Insulin/Glucagon Training for Unlicensed Staff

 

In order to maintain a safe environment for students and staff in Virginia public schools, certain staff training is mandated by the Code of Virginia 22.1-274(E):

 

Each school board shall ensure that, in

school buildings with an instructional and

administrative staff of ten or more, (i) at

least two employees have current certification

in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or have

received training, within the last two years,

in emergency first aid and cardiopulmonary

resuscitation and (ii) if one or more students

diagnosed as having diabetes attend such school,

at least two employees have been trained in

the administration of insulin and glucagon.

 

Schools with less than ten instructional and administrative staff members are required to have at least one employee trained in these areas.

 

The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association

offer courses in emergency first aid and cardiopulmonary

resuscitation. You may also be able to partner with your local emergency medical services providers for training.

 

A Manual for Training Public School Employees in the Administration of Insulin and Glucagon may be found on the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Student Services, Health Services website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Health/home.html. This manual is located under the publications section of the website. The manual can be used by a licensed professional school nurse (registered nurse) to provide training for school employees who have been designated by the building administrator to receive training in the administration of insulin and glucagon. This training should be conducted on an annual basis. Documentation of training should be kept by school administration. If your school does not have a licensed professional school nurse, you may partner with a local endocrinology office or certified diabetic educator to provide the appropriate training.

 

If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Tia Campbell, RN, MSN, NCSN, school health specialist, at Tia.campbell@doe.virginia.gov or 804-786-8671.

 

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