Starting in the new school year, Michigan students will be required to learn CPR. The legislation, which was just passed in December, goes into effect beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

The law states that health classes will have to teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator (AED - automated external defibrillators). Training will have to be hands-on and provided at least once, between 7th and 12th grade, in order for a student to graduate.

Some schools already incorporate CPR training but this law will be mandated for all school districts in the state. Because of this, there will be about an additional 100,000 trained people, in CPR, every year.

Michigan is now the 36th state to require CPR training in schools.

The lesson does not have to be conducted by a certified instructor but teachers will most likely have to go through some type of training in order to teach it.

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