Central VA Schools to Train All Teachers in CPR

From: NBC 29

School systems in central Virginia are playing catch-up to train all teachers in life-saving skills. A new law in effect Monday requires CPR and defibrillator training for teachers, and students are next in line to meet the mandate.

Starting Monday, all educators will need to prove they've taken the first aid training. That's one of three parts to this new law, which comes with a cost to schools without any extra funding.

The commonwealth is requiring these life-saving skills in the classroom.

"There's definitely a huge potential benefit," said Leanne Knox, Albemarle County Public Schools safety & wellness coordinator.

A new law mandates teachers complete training or certification in first aid and CPR in order to earn or renew their state license.

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