“Janet’s Law”; requires public schools to have automated external defibrillators for youth athletic events and to establish certain plans relating to sudden cardiac events. (Click here to read Assembly, No. 1608 Law)
Janet Zilinski was an 11 year old cheerleader from Warren, NJ who died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Janet’s tragic death led to her family forming The Janet Fund, which has been fighting to raise awareness and have defibrillators placed at school grounds. The Zilinski family’s tireless fight was the driving force for what ultimately became Janet’s Law. For more information about Janet and the Janet Fund please visit www.thejanetfund.org
Beginning on September 1, 2014, the board of education of a public school district that includes any of the grades kindergarten through 12 shall establish and implement an emergency action plan for responding to sudden cardiac events, including, but not limited to, those events in which the use of an automated external defibrillator may be necessary.
It is required that no less than five school faculty members sucessfully complete and hold a current certification from the American Heart Association. Let Community Training Associates meet your training compliance. Our friendly staff will come out to your school and teach the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR & AED course to your facility.
Key Points of Janet’s Law:
- All public and non-public schools are required to have an AED by September 1, 2014
- The AED shall be located within reasonable proximity of the gym or athletic field
- The AED must be available in an unlocked location with an identifying sign
- The AED must be accessible during the school day and any other time a school sponsored athletic event or practice is taking place
- A coach, trainer, staff member, EMT or first responder trained in CPR/AED must be present during the event or practice
- Schools must develop an Emergency Action Plan for responding to sudden cardiac arrest events. This plan must include; who gets the AED, who calls 9-1-1, who starts CPR and uses the AED, and who assists rescuers getting to the victim.
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