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College Hill Fundamental Academy Staff Equipped with Life-Saving Skills through AED and CPR Training

College Hill Fundamental Academy staff rolled up their sleeves at their latest professional development session, undergoing comprehensive AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) training and certification.

"As a building leader, the safety of my staff and students is paramount, so I want to do as much as I possibly can to ensure that in a moment of crisis or a medical emergency, everyone is prepared, trained and comfortable with responding," emphasized Principal Brandon Kingman.

Taking a proactive approach to the District’s initiative for AED and CPR safety, Principal Kingman initiated the process by reaching out to UC Blue Ash and recruiting them to teach staff members at the school. 

The staff at College Hill Fundamental Academy embraced the training wholeheartedly, with not only teachers participating, but paraprofessionals, social workers and other school staff. The sessions not only provided essential life-saving skills but also fostered a sense of camaraderie among the staff, turning the training into a valuable bonding experience.

“In a weird way, even though it's a very serious skill, there were still some laughter happening amongst the staff,” said Kingman. “This really turned out to be a great team-building exercise because you're with a colleague that during the day you're teaching with, but now you’re both seeing how much you have to learn.” 

Principal Kingman, who actively participated in the training alongside his staff, expressed his satisfaction with the initiative. He noted that this endeavor aligns seamlessly with the district's overarching focus on safety and that many of the staff members expressed interest in recertifying in two years when their credentials expire. 

“I think we can call this a new tradition for College Hill,” said Kingman.