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PCA is HEARTSafe

By: Webmaster|Date: Oct 19, 2017|Tags: School News

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During the 2016-2017 school year, PCA administration and staff worked to obtain PCA’s certification as a HEARTSafe School in the State of Michigan. This certification lasts until 2019, at which time we will be recertified. The steps to this designation are many, with the following topics addressed along the way:

  • Development of a school Cardiac Emergency Response Plan
  • Training staff to recognize the symptoms of cardiac arrest and know how to get help “on the way, right away”
  • Determining what staff members are CPR certified and if they are ready to use their skills when needed
  • Educating staff on the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) located in your school building and how to use them, and making sure the AED’s are properly maintained and inspected
  • To learn more details about this certification, please click HERE

In the spring of 2017, PCA received this designation. Out of all the schools in Wayne County, PCA is one of 19 with this critical certification. We are grateful to Principal Ryan Batson for his leadership in this training and to Jennifer Shea, Manager with the Student Heart Check Program from Beaumont Hospital. Jennifer was instrumental in staff training with AED use, AED drills, and general campus suggestions for AED signage and much more.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, PCA Superintendent Caryn Huntsman, Elementary Principal Ryan Batson, and Early Childhood Coordinator Bonnie Varney traveled to Lansing to receive the official paperwork and signage for this certification. The critical nature of this knowledge in a school community was strongly emphasized during the event and we are grateful to be among the schools in Michigan with this lifesaving certification.

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