CPR & AED Program
When an emergency arises, being able to quickly provide aid - whether performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and using an AED (automated external defibrillator), rendering first aid, or stopping a life-threatening bleed - can save a life.
The WCSD Medical Emergency Response and Triage (MERT) Training Program offers a variety of first aid and CPR trainings for all current district employees. The MERT program is an American Heart Association (AHA) training site operated by Student Health Services under the direction of REMSA. CPR and AED certification requirements are addressed in Administrative Regulation 4508. All classes will be in-person classes as certification requires hands-on skills practice and testing.
- AHA Heartsaver CPR and AED for adults and children is the standard class. If you are required to take CPR, this is likely the class you need.
- Infant CPR is offered at no additional cost to anyone taking a regular CPR and AED class. Infant CPR is offered by appointment, so contact us to schedule a time in advance.
- First aid is different than CPR in that it covers emergency care for a number of common injuries and illnesses other than cardiac arrest
- AHA Heartsaver First Aid and Pediatric First Aid courses are required for several groups of employees but are also available over breaks for any employee who would like to take the class.
- AHA course intended for healthcare providers. Nurses are required to take BLS. If you are required to take CPR for your position in the district, but also require BLS certification for other reasons, such as ski patrol or EMS service, please contact us to ask about enrolling in our BLS courses.
- Stop the Bleed is a quick one-hour class that enables and encourages civilian bystanders to help in cases of life-threatening bleeding before the arrival of professional responders. In this class, participants learn and practice hands-on techniques used to control life-threatening bleeding, including direct pressure, tourniquet use, and wound packing.
- This course is offered at no cost to all faculty and staff.
- Portable bleeding control stations will soon be distributed to each school with trained faculty.
The Medical Emergency Response and Triage (MERT) Training Program also offers on-site training and scenario exercises for faculty and staff serving on school and administrative medical emergency response teams (previously called Code Blue teams).
Register online using MyPGS. All class sizes are limited, so pre-registration is required.
- WCSD employees: Use login credentials are the same as your District login and password. Click here for CPR and AED or use links provided above.
- Coaches and others without a District email address:
Please contact us before registering for class if you anticipate any difficulty fully participating in class, particularly in these situations:
- If you have physical conditions that might prevent you from practicing CPR on the floor repeatedly during the course, or
- If you have experienced a traumatic event related to a medical emergency, such as providing CPR for a loved one.
Preparation - Supplies, Fees and Location
You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands and knees on the floor, bending and standing.
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Layers will help keep you comfortable as the room temperature can vary.
- Be ready to tie back long hair as it may prevent you from effectively delivering breaths during practice.
- CPR and first aid courses are offered at a reduced cost of $25 to any current District employee. If you are required to maintain certification for your position (see FAQ below), the course fee has been paid for you.
- Fees should be paid at the beginning of class with cash or check (payable to WCSD Student Health Services). We are not able to accept credit or debit cards.
- Participant manuals are available for use in class, to borrow before/after class, or to purchase for $3 each.
- Most of our classes take place in a training room at Student Health Services. Additional directions are listed below.
- For safety and security reasons, children or other family members of WCSD employees are NOT permitted to stay in the Student Health Services building or the surrounding premises while employees attend training. If you are interested in training for your children or family members, please email us for additional information.
- CPR and AED classes are regularly taught at schools and facilities throughout the District. The location will be listed in the title of the course in MyPGS. If you are interested in having a class offered at your school or administrative facility, please email us for additional information.
Attendance and Cancellation
We look forward to seeing you in class. Because it is costly to offer these classes and we work diligently to use funds effectively, we ask for your help and understanding with the following requirements.
- Plan to be on time and stay for the full time scheduled for class. Late arrivals will be asked to reschedule for a different class.
- If you cannot attend a class, please cancel as soon you know you cannot attend. It is costly when registered participants do not attend class, particularly when others are waiting to attend. Illnesses and emergencies happen; please just let us know by email as soon as possible.
- If you register and do not attend two (2) classes without canceling, you will be asked to pay for the class or take it with a different provider.
- Classes will be canceled if fewer than four (4) participants are registered or when weather may make travel unsafe.
- If your class is canceled, you will receive an email sent to the email you used to enroll. If you have reason to believe your class may be canceled, please check your email before coming to class.
Map & Directions
Student Health Services is on the west side of 12th Street between Oddie Blvd and Prater Way in Sparks. The building is a brick house on the west side of 12th Street, immediately south of the Sparks High School baseball fields. Signage is best when approaching from Oddie Blvd.
Parking is available on the west side of the house. Enter using the basement entrance on the north side of the building.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you have not yet activated your eCard, check your email account for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the directions within. If you have already activated/claimed your eCard, you can retrieve your card online.
Some WCSD employees are required to maintain CPR and AED certification. These positions include the following:
- Special Education teachers (including those in Hearing and Visually Impaired programs)
- Physical, occupational and speech therapists
- Physical Education teachers, athletic trainers, and coaches
- Teachers who teach CPR as part of the school curriculum
- Transportation, Truancy, Re-Engagement, and Campus Supervisor staff
- Infant/Toddler program teachers and aides
- School Police officers
- Clinical Aides, Personal Care Providers
- Student Health Services nurses
- Medical Emergency Response and Triage (Code Blue) team members (as listed by school/department administration)
Special Education aides and assistants are no longer required to maintain CPR and AED certification per Administrative Regulation 4508.
If you are required to maintain CPR certification in the District (see Admin Reg 4508), you need American Heart Association (AHA) or American Red Cross (ARC) adult and child CPR and AED certification. Certifications from other certifying entities cannot be accepted.
Email us. We are happy to help you get into a class as soon as possible.
Class sizes are limited by the American Heart Association to ensure instructors can adequately guide and monitor students.
If "registration is disabled", the class is likely reserved for a certain group of employees. You are always welcome to inquire about whether room is available in a class.
If you work in a classroom with students, you may only attend classes outside of school hours. Substitutes cannot be provided and you may not be excused from work to attend these classes. Classes are offered after school, on weekend, and over school breaks. If you have difficulty finding a class time that works for you, please email to ask about alternate class offerings.
Classes are available for registration 6-8 weeks before scheduled to take place. If you would like to register earlier, kindly ask by email. We are happy to help.