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‘Stop the Bleed’: New emergency medical training course comes to Texas schools

EL PASO, Texas -- Both independent school districts and charter schools all across Texas are working on a new medical emergency program for their students and staff.

It is called the "Stop the Bleed" and will result in special classes being taught to kids in thousands of Texas schools.

The "Stop the Bleed" campaign is meant to ensure that the kids will know how to save a life in the event of a medical emergency.

All Texas schools must have their students and staff trained up by January 1 of next year according to the new legislative requirements that have come down from state lawmakers in Austin.

The new law says in addition to medical training, school districts should also form threat assessment and safety committees to oversee the emergency operations plans meant to keep kids safe.

“It is a very diverse committee," said El Paso Independent School District communications officer Melissa Martinez. "There were requirements as to who is on the committee. There are superintendents, there are security officials on there, so it is a diverse group.”

Officials with EPISD have said that they have already been training students and staff on the 'Stop the Bleed' program all fall and will be in full compliance with the law by the new year.

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is an ABC-7 reporter who co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.


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