Sophomores and juniors who took CPR training last year have yet to receive their certification


Juniors and sophomores who received CPR training in their physical education (PE) classes last year said they did not receive their certifications. Students should have received an email from the American Heart Association with a link to access their cards in June, but some could not find the email. Junior Alana Johnson took CPR training in the first semester of her sophomore year and said she didn’t receive any emails for her CPR card.

“In PE we trained every day for about three weeks. We did the training and then my teacher said we will get our CPR training cards after we apply for [them]”, Johnson said. “Then this semester ended and we never heard from [the teachers].”

Students typically take CPR training during the first semester of freshman year so that their physical education teachers can send in their completed cards during the winter season. Current sophomores and juniors received their training in the first or second semester of last year. This caused PE teachers to send out all the cards during the second semester finals week.

Once the cards are submitted, the American Heart Association had to send an e-mail to the students who had taken the training. Once students received the email, they had 72 hours to claim their card.

Students can still claim their card, as long as it’s still available and they’ve used the correct school email address. If the form has been completed correctly, the card should be recoverable.

“We discovered that we were having issues where students gave us their Yahoo or Gmail accounts, and that made it very difficult to track [their CPR cards] down,” PE Department Chairman Craig Tomczak said.

Also, the email may have gone to the student’s junk mail.

“We certify both classes,” said Amanda Briggs, a physical education teacher. “So the overall process took a little longer than usual.”

Briggs encourages students to email her if they still can’t find their CPR card, and she can resend it.

“If there is a situation where students [say] “I don’t see that email. I swear I never got it, have them email me,” Briggs said. “I’m happy to help go through it, or there is a program I can log into and then send it back to them.”


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