Providing a safe learning environment for students is a top priority for Hemet Unified School District, which is why the Governing Board approved the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be put in all of our schools.
An AED is a portable electronic device that can automatically diagnose life threatening heart complications such as Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). An AED can restart a heart into a normal rhythm by administering an electrical impulse to a patient by using simple audio and visual commands that will help instruct a person through the process.
Hemet Unified has now joined local school districts such as Murrieta Valley Unified, San Jacinto Unified, Temecula Valley Unified, and Lake Elsinore Unified in providing AEDs district wide to ensure the safety of the students we serve.
Prior to the Governing Board passing the district-wide AED program, staff had a lot of research to conduct to ensure the successful implementation process. Staff members from the district’s Safety and Risk Management Department walked all twenty-eight schools to determine how many AEDs are needed on each campus and where they should be placed. AEDs need to be easily accessible to people on campus and allow for someone to retrieve the AED and get it to the victim within a three minute time frame. For high school campuses, they will have a portable AED that will allow staff to take it out in case it is needed at an athletic practice or game.
The Safety and Risk Management team has also been working with Robert Roy, the President and Founder of the Travis R. Roy Sudden Cardiac Arrest Fund. The Travis Fund has been instrumental in bringing AEDs to Hemet Unified. The Travis Fund’s mission is “Raising awareness so others may survive” and was founded after Mr. Roy’s son Travis passed from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. He has been working with school districts to bring awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a solution that will help save more lives. The Travis Fund donated three AEDs to the District and Mr. Roy personally donated another.
We are thankful to serve a community that cares about the safety of our students. Thank you to the Safety and Risk department for your hard work in ensuring this will be available to all of our school sites, and thank you to Mr. Roy and The Travis Fund for your donation and for bringing an extra layer of safety for our students!