Linden Tree Photography B. Karp 007.jpgDid you know all faculty and staff at WSA are CPR and First Aid certified?

Did you know that few schools even come close to that standard, public or private?

I am the owner of Georgia CPR, LLC, an Atlanta CPR class training company. I started the company in 2004 and have focused on quality CPR training for the Atlanta area. I am also a proud Waldorf School of Atlanta parent. Concern for my child’s education is a priority only matched by advocacy for my child’s safety. I bet you share a similar set of priorities.

Many students of my CPR classes are alarmed to learn that only a handful of staff at their children’s schools are trained to help their child in an emergency.

I would be alarmed too.

Did you know that only 3 out of 50 states mandate CPR certification for teachers? You guessed right, Georgia isn’t one of them. Indiana, Oregon and Virginia are the three that get credit. Without a mandate, schools just don’t make this training a priority. They should.

In most public schools, only coaches, and a few teachers are actually certified and have updated training on how to save a child in a medical emergency. Private schools are sometimes a bit better, but often times they aren’t.

I have personally trained each of Waldorf School of Atlanta’s faculty and staff in CPR, First Aid and in how to use an AED (Defibrillator). I think it is important to give our school’s faculty and staff credit because they deserve it. The Waldorf School of Atlanta makes CPR and First Aid proficiency and certification a top priority.

You should know your teachers and staff take the precious time to attend a full course for CPR, First Aid and AED every 2 years. We do this about a week before school starts in August as teachers are getting ready for their year.

A sample of what they learn includes the following:

  • What to do when someone is unconscious and breathing
  • What to do when the patient is unconscious and not breathing
  • How and when to use the AED
  • Choking emergencies
  • Control of bleeding and cuts and scrapes
  • Management and recognition of shock
  • Treating a seizing patient
  • Treating burns
  • Head injuries
  • Recognition and treatment of heat related illnesses
  • Bites and stings
  • Eye injury care
  • When 911 is needed and when it isn’t

The objective of the training is to be able to care for our children in an emergency until the next level of care arrives; whether that care is the loving hands of the parent who picks them up, or professional medical help.

You should know the Waldorf School of Atlanta has a Philips defibrillator and everyone is trained on how to use it. The AED we have is the best quality make and model available – and that really matters. You probably know that an AED can’t possibly due harm and can increase survival in a cardiac emergency from 3% to up to 50%. It’s a big deal that we have one and know how to use it.

You should also know  that as important as the CPR class and the AED, my training goals are to weave these skills into a school response culture. As soon as there is an emergency, everyone is on the same page, everyone responds, everyone works together. There is a Waldorf way of doing things that includes everything from morning drop off and “media-lite” living, to not packing jellybeans in lunches. The Waldorf way of doing things also includes a way to respond to an emergency. Waldorf cares about our kids, and they know how to care for our kids as well.

Teaching CPR at Waldorf
Benjamin B. Karp, Georgia CPR, Inc. – teaching a class at the Waldorf School of Atlanta