PA 15-94—sSB 962

Education Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION TRAINING, THE SAFE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM

SUMMARY: This act requires public schools to add the following subject areas to their curricula beginning in the 2016-17 school year:

1. as part of the health and safety curriculum, (a) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and (b) instruction on the safe use of social media, such as blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant messaging, and other electronic user-generated content and

2. computer programming instruction.

The CPR instruction must be based on American Heart Association guidelines for emergency cardiovascular care, including hands-on training in CPR.

The act also allows local or regional boards of education to accept gifts, grants, and donations (including in-kind donations) to purchase equipment or material needed to provide CPR instruction in public schools.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016 for the provision adding new curriculum requirements and July 1, 2015 for the provision about gifts, grants, and donations.

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