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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
By Miriam G. Mazliach
October 29, 2013
The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held October 23, 2013.
Agenda Item – Automated External Defibrillators:
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) gave an informational presentation, to the Board and Staff, on the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which provide an electrical pulse through the heart to help restore normal heart rhythm during a massive heart attack (Sudden Cardiac Arrest.). In 2012, ACEMS launched Project Heart Safe to provide AEDs (Philips FRX) and training to 185 public locations. Schools, having a large number of people on-site as well as sports activities, were among the places targeted for distribution of the AED kits.
At the meeting, ACEMS stated that they had reserved nine (free) AEDs for use by Fremont Unified School District, at high schools and at Tak Fudenna Stadium. An actual demonstration of the AED then showed that it is quite easy to utilize when providing immediate assistance to someone having a sudden heart attack. ACEMS would also provide training and help as needed for a period of five years. The program does not impact the school district’s General Fund.
However, each site selected would need to have a coordinator (teacher, administrator, other personnel, etc.) to maintain the equipment and ensure people are trained on how to use the AEDs correctly. Potential coordinators, for example, could be PE teachers and coaches as many have already gone through prior CPR training as part of their job requirement. The county would also provide an assessment of the best location placement for the AED at each school site (classroom, gym or office).
Also discussed, due the “Good Samaritan Law,” the District should not fear liability when using the AED to help someone who has been stricken. FUSD needs to inform ACEMS by October 25, if they wish to accept the AEDs.
Oral Communications: Public Comments:
Parent and coordinator, Chung Wu presented the group of students who had participated in last year’s Science Olympiad. In 2013, local teams comprised of 15 students each and representing several elementary, junior high and high schools participated in and advanced to the state and regional finals. Their hope is to reach the national level in the 2014 competition. The National Science Olympiad was created in 1983 to encourage and motivate students to become involved in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). For more information about the 2014 competition, visit http://www.soinc.org.