Valley School District has received an automated external defibrillator (AED), provided by a grant through the Tina Charles & Hopey’s Heart Association, a foundation committed to improving sports safety and raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The purpose of an AED is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest by providing treatment through defibrillation, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. The district is committed to supporting the health and well-being of students and staff with this state-of-the-art medical response equipment. Having a second AED close by can mean the difference between life and death for students, staff and visitors on campus.
All district staff have the opportunity to be trained to use the AED, and many have been trained already. The new AED is a backpack-type kit with a shoulder sling and equipment bag for portability. It is located in the Valley School entrance foyer opposite the main school office, next to the Intervention Room. The other AED on campus is kept in the Paideia High School office building. Both AEDs can be easily accessed in an emergency and aid in shortening response time in the event of a life-threatening heart conditions that may occur on campus.