Michigan lawmakers want to add CPR training to high school graduation requirements.
A bill introduced in the state Senate would require CPR instruction for all students in grades 7 to 12, beginning in the 2016-17 school year, said USA Today. According to the bill, students would need to successfully complete the instruction before being issued a high school diploma.
If the bill is approved, the training would involve instruction on what to do if someone is having a heart attack, said Republican state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, one of the bill’s sponsors. Students physically unable to perform CPR would be exempt.
Teachers and coaches are trained to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator, but few schools offer training for students.