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Manchester City Schools is a heart healthy school system.

Currently, 139 employees are certified in the American Heart Heartsaver CPR/AED course. Joyce Crites, RN at Westwood Middle School, Jennifer Banks, RN at Westwood Elementary, and Callie Millawy, RN at College Street Elementary are keeping students healthy and safe, explained Leslie Brasfield, the district’s coordinator for school health.

“Each of our schools has an emergency response team that consists of CPR/AED  certified faculty and staff,” Brasfield explained in an email. “There are emergency procedures in place at each school that are followed in the event of a sudden cardiac emergency. These procedures are reviewed annually and an AED drill is conducted annually as well to review the emergency procedures. 

“All of our school nurses are American Heart certified CPR instructors and supervise the Emergency Response Team at their schools as well as provide the training to keep the team CPR/AED certified,” she continued. “All of the MCS have 2 AED's in their buildings and are monitored and maintained regularly by the school nurse.  This year, the emergency drills at the elementary schools were conducted with students present so that they would be aware of what to expect in case of a cardiac emergency.”

School nurses also partnered with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Project ADAM to provide a hands only CPR class for the community during the Amazing Family Night on  Feb. 22. Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens through education and life-saving programs, according to Vanderbilt’s website.

“I am very proud of the commitment/support of Manchester City School administrators and nurses to ensure that our students, staff, and community are prepared for the best outcome possible in the event of a cardiac emergency,” Brasfield said. “I am equally proud of the commitment to educating students, parents, and our community through our Jump Rope for Heart activities.  Jump Rope for Heart provides information on the importance of physical activity, making healthy food choices, avoiding sugar sweetened beverages, and avoiding the use of tobacco products.”

News Editor

Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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