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AED/CPR Program


Automated External Defibrillators/
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation



New York State Education Law Section 917,  enacted in May 2002, requires public school officials and school administrators to ensure the presence of at least one (1) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed in each school, as well as appropriately trained, certified individuals in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) in each school building/annex, etc., who can respond to a medical emergency during any of the following circumstances:    


Whenever public school facilities are used for school-sponsored or school-approved curricular or extracurricular events or activities, or Whenever a school-sponsored athletic contest is held at any location, and Moreover, where a school-sponsored competitive athletic event is held at a site other than a public school facility, the public school officials must assure that AED equipment is provided on-site.


Click here for more information on State Education Law Section 917 .



An AED is a cardiac resuscitation device that is used in concert with CPR techniques to treat a person who is suspected to have gone into sudden cardiac arrest. The AED device “reads” the person’s heart rhythm to detect certain kinds of irregular heart beats, which can lead to cardiac arrest, and then administers an electrical impulse to attempt to restore the heart to a normal heart rhythm.

Every Department of Education school is now part of a New York State Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program.  Every school building has at least one AED mounted at the main entrance next to school safety as well as CPR/AED trained responders.  Larger schools have other AEDs mounted in strategic accessible locations throughout the building, and all high school coaches have portable AEDs which they bring to all games and practices with them. 

Training is available for Department of Education employees only. 

The DOE requires all staff members to provide their employee identification number when registering for CPR/AED training programs. Your employee identification number can be found on your pay stub. It is the number shown in the box labeled reference number on the top half of your pay stub. Please ensure that you have this number readily available before visiting http://doe.emergencyskills.com/ to register for a class.

If you are scheduling a class at your school, you will need the employee identification numbers of every class participant in order to be able to complete your class request. Please be sure to obtain the employee identification numbers of your participants before attempting to schedule the class. If you experience any difficulty in scheduling a class, please contact ESI directly at 212-564-6833 for assistance.

AED Checklist and Procedures

AED Program Contact Information  

Donovan A. Lauther,
AED Program Manager
Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Charter Schools

Celeste T. McGee, AED Program Manager
Manhattan, Staten Island, Districts 75, 79 and 88 Schools 


Remember . . . . . .  The life that’s saved may be your own!