Knowing how to administer emergency aid during traumatic situations can be the first step in saving lives. For this reason, Tyler ISD joins districts across the state to train staff, as well as students, to respond when necessary.
House Bill 496 (HB496), passed by the Texas Legislature, requires public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to be equipped with the traumatic injury training and response protocol known as Stop the Bleed. HB496 required all school staff to complete the Stop the Bleed training by January 1, 2020. In addition, schools are required to have bleeding control kits that are accessible on every campus. To take this requirement even further, Tyler ISD placed kits in each classroom as well as other high traffic areas around campuses.
Although the bill does not require students to receive Stop the Bleed training, it does require districts to offer optional courses for students in seventh through twelfth grades.
“All Tyler ISD campus teachers and staff have completed the Stop the Bleed training as required by HB496,” Rachel Barber, Director of Health Services, said. “Our teachers are better equipped to respond during emergency situations. Now that we are extending the training to students, we are seeing even more of a positive response.”
Students at the Early College High School and RISE campuses have already completed the Stop the Bleed training. The next student training session is at the Career and Technology Center Tuesday, Jan. 28. Trainings at the remaining middle schools and high schools will take place over the next few months.