Superintendent's Memo #173-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 24, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Mandated Staff Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Emergency First Aid, and Administration of Insulin and Glucagon

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

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. In school buildings with an instructional and administrative staff of fewer than ten, school boards shall ensure that (i) at least one employee has current certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and (ii) if one or more students diagnosed as having diabetes attend such school, at least one employee has been trained in the administration of insulin and glucagon.

Resources for CPR and first aid training may be available through the local chapter of the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, private vendors, or local emergency services providers.

A Manual for Training Public School Employees in the Administration of Insulin and Glucagon may be found on the Virginia Department of Education, Health and Medical Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml. This manual is located under the publications section of the Web site. The manual can be used by a licensed professional school nurse (registered nurse) to provide training for school employees that 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, and documentation of training should be kept by the 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, school health specialist, at Tia.campbell@doe.virginia.gov or at 804-786-8671.

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