Public schools; cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators. (SB986)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators. Allows school boards to require current certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for bus drivers; requires all administrative staff, physical education instructors, and coaches to have such training; and requires such training for those seeking initial teacher licensure, renewal of a license to teach, or a provisional teaching license with a waiver for teachers with disabilities. For students, beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2014-2015 school year, the bill adds a requirement that recipients of the standard and advanced diplomas must receive training in emergency first aid, CPR, and the use of AEDs with a waiver for students with disabilities. The bill also requires an AED in every school by the 2014-2015 school year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103554D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/17/2013Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/31/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Committee substitute printed 13104805D-S1
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104805D-S1
02/04/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB986S1
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Education
02/11/2013Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Read second time
02/13/2013Read third time
02/13/2013Passed House (71-Y 26-N)
02/13/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB986ER)
02/19/2013Signed by Speaker
02/20/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB986ER)
03/18/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 530 (effective 7/1/13)
03/18/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0530)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Linda Griffin writes:

Virginia must be a leader and become the sixth state behind North Carolina, along with Iowa, Alabama, Tennessee, and Minnesota to enact this legislation.

Jessica R writes:

Please understand just how important this is. Like many parents I was under the impression that a lot of what is mentioned in this bill was already the standard, this is not the case. I find that very concerning and strongly believe that with this bill we can change these standards to what they need to be. Our children in Virginia deserve it.

We can no longer accept our current standards. Only having a handful of trained staff and having to "search" for one of those trained during an emergency is ludicrous. Time is vital during such events. By enacting this legislation gives an opportunity to increase the potential to save a life. Everyday that goes by with lack of CPR/AED training and lack of AED's in all schools puts our children and teachers lives at risk. It is an unfair and unacceptable risk for our innocent children. Please see the importance of this bill, it can be life saving for all students, staff and the benefits outweigh any costs.

Julie Taylor writes:

Please offer your support and vote for this bill. There are so many circumstances in today's schools where knowledge of how to handle a medical emergency could help make a positive impact. Both Gwyneth and the tragic school shootings in Connecticut demonstrates the need to give people the tools and training to aid others. There are so many challenges that face us all everyday. Being armed with the knowledge of how to possibly save a life in any unexpected emergency only makes sense. The life saved someday could very well be one of a person you love and treasure. A price tag can never be put on that.

Wendy Lay writes:

I am both a parent and a teacher and in response to Gwyneth's story, my son and I took classes together in CPR, AED, and first aid. I want both of us to be prepared for a medical emergency. Teachers are already required to participate in professional development each year. We cannot wait any longer to provide this training to all teachers and staff as well as older students.

Susan Hulsey writes:

There are a lot of systems that have invested money to place AED's in their schools, Without training the staff how to use them or get them to the scene of an emergency. AED's have to get to the scene and be utilized in order for them to work. Cardiac arrest numbers in youth is increasing every year, yet the death rate is still around 80% because immediate CPR/AED was not used! This is not acceptable. Please help pass this information along and pass this bill!

Anthony Dantzler writes:

I support this 100%, please pass this bill.

Alina Kana writes:

I support this 100%, please think about our kids!

Claretta Little writes:

This is a VERY IMPORTANT bill! Please pass for our children and staff at school.

Joe the Plumber writes:

I don't agree with this idea. Some people can't even tie their own shoesand you want them handling defibrillators? That's like handing a 5 year old a chainsaw for God's sake.

Nancy Rhodes writes:

I support this bill 100%. Children's lives at school should not be put in jeopardy.

Frank Tolley writes:

Please enacted this legislation - it's the RIGHT THING TO DO!
Enable our schools and teachers to be prepared when the situation arises. This will save lives. Thanks for your consideration & support. BTW, I'd gladly pay higher taxes to make this happen.

Sherri writes:

Everyone should know how to save a life, you never know when/where it may be needed. It could be you needing it or your loved one.

Jullie Vande Linde writes:

I work in the children's room at a gym. The children who attend are only in my care for about 1 hour each day. As part of my employment I am required to be CPR & AED certified along with all of the other employees at the gym.

My children go to public school for seven hours a day five days a week. Why should their safety and well being be any less important than that of the children who come to my gym?

I previously worked at a private daycare and academy. The director made sure that every member of our staff was CPR & First Aid certified. Again I ask the question are our public school children any less important than a child who attends a daycare or private school?

Why are these private businesses held to a higher standard than that of our public school systems? We are talking about 4 hours of training that could potentially save the life of a child or adult in the school setting.

It should not have taken the tragedy of losing such a beautiful young life for people to realize the importance of CPR, First Aid, & AED training. But here we are. I am asking on behalf of my niece Gwyneth Griffin that you please pass this legislation and make our schools a safe place for all children.