After months of advocacy led by the American Heart Association and joined by DC AAP and other area organizations, the DC Council unanimously approved AED/CPR in Schools legislation on June 21st. The law requires all high school students to learn CPR in health class; requires an AED in all schools; and strengthens CPR training requirements for several categories of DC governmental and school employees.
The 2017 budget includes $325,000 to purchase AEDs for all public schools in DC. The bill now goes to Mayor Bowser for signature, and then will be sent to Congress for their required review. We expect the bill to be official law in late September. As a result of our collaborative advocacy effort, all students in DC schools will learn CPR and every school will have an AED. Lives will be saved!