Instruction and Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Section I: Instructional Program

Policy Title: Instruction and Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Policy Code: IHAMC

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Mandatory Instruction for High School students in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

In accordance with A.R.S. 15-718.01, Tucson Unified School District shall provide students with one (1) or more training sessions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), through the use of psychomotor skills in an age-appropriate manner, during high school.

The District may assign homework to satisfy the requirements of A.R.S. 15-718.01(A), (B), (E), if the completion of the homework is verified by a teacher or parent.

This training shall be based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The instruction provided must include the hands-on practicing of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, except for students who are enrolled in an online school as defined in A.R.S. 15-808.

Qualifications for District CPR Instructors

Instruction that results in cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification must be provided by a certified cardiopulmonary resuscitation trainer. This instruction does not require a teacher or administrator who facilitates, provides or oversees the instruction to be an authorized trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the instruction does not result in cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification.

Any of the following persons may provide instruction and training:

A. Emergency medical technicians
B. Paramedics
C. Fire department personnel
D. Police officers.
E. Representatives of the American Heart Association
F. Representatives of the American Red Cross
G. Teachers
H. Other school employees
I. Other similarly qualified persons

Exceptions to Mandatory CPR Instruction

A student shall be excused from the instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the request of either:

A. The student’s parent.
B. A student who provides written documentation that the student has previously received training in or is currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
C. The student’s individualized education program team, if the student is a child with a disability as defined in section 15-731 and if the individualized education program team makes a determination to excuse the student from the instruction.


The District may accept from any person, public entity or other legal entity in-kind donations of materials, equipment or services that may be used in the instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation. ARS. 15-718.01

Contributions related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation training pursuant to A.R.S. 15-718.01, are allowable as tax credits pursuant to A.R.S. 43-1089.01(4).

Adopted: June 18, 2019

A.R.S. §§
15-341 - Governing Board general powers & duties
15-718.01 - Instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation
43-1089.01(4) -  Tax credit; public school fees and contributions; definitions


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