New Law Requires CPR Training for Missouri Students

High School GraduatesThe governor of Missouri has just signed a new bill into state law that requires that Missouri high school students to take CPR training. Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, students must take 30 minutes of CPR training, as well as instruction in how to perform the Heimlich maneuver in order to graduate.

According to the AP:

The [Missouri] House on Wednesday endorsed a bill that would make 30 minutes of instruction in CPR and choking first aid a prerequisite for high school graduation. The mandate would begin for health and physical education classes in the 2017-2018 school year.

Rep. Ron Hicks said the curriculum would include CPR practice, but students would not receive CPR certification. He said the American Heart Association would provide training kits to schools.

Missouri joins the majority of US states that require CPR training to graduate high school. Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.