Washington, DC – CPR becomes graduation requirement in DC public schools


All D.C. public and charter high school students will be required to learn hands-only CPR before they graduate, starting this fall. “This is an essential life skill, and we are going to incorporate it into the high school health curriculum,” said D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie. The classes will keep it simple by teaching the basics and last about 20 minutes. Although health or physical education teachers will most likely teach most of the classes, some schools will have the option to bring in outside instructors. “In D.C., there are 3,000 students who graduate from public schools and public charter high schools every year, and to me that essentially amounts to a potential 3,000 lifesavers,” McDuffie said.


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