The Alliance—in collaboration with the SAISD, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Department of Labor, and OSHA—spent four days this past week training almost 500 SAISD employees in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), First Aid, and the use of the AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Participants received certifiable training and will now be prepared to handle any emergencies that may arise.
The collaboration started after hearing complaints that past SAISD trainings were
not hands-on and hard to follow. The Alliance pursued this issue further and discovered in Consultation that the district was spending $80,000 on a vendor to train employees every two years. The Alliance Consultation team brainstormed ways to save the district money and create an interactive training program. “We wanted to create a hands-on program which would allow employees to be trained and practice in a real-life environment,” said Rachel Martinez, Alliance Executive Vice President.
Martinez, along with the Alliance Consultation team, worked weeks earlier on the “Train the Trainer” program. This was an intensive training to train the trainers for this course. Trainers are now fully prepared to train any SAISD employee in CPR, First Aid, and the use of the AED. The current program cost $6,000 total, as opposed to the $80,000 the district was spending in the past.
Federal and state law mandates that employees be certified in CPR. “SAISD employees
exceeded requirements and took part in a training that went above and beyond CPR. We are setting a higher standard for our students and our employees,” said Martinez.
The Alliance and its affiliates were the only organization to work with the district to provide certifiable training to SAISD employees.