Sophomores and juniors who went through CPR training last year have yet to receive their certifications


Ollie Shuminas

CPR training is a required unit for freshman P.E. classes, yet last school year’s freshmen and sophomores have not received their certifications from the American Heart Association.

Sarah Holzman, Perspectives Editor

Juniors and sophomores who received CPR training in their Physical Education (P.E.) classes last year have reported not receiving their certifications. Students should have received an email from the American Heart Association with a link to access their cards in June, but some have not been able to find the email. Junior Alana Johnson went through CPR training during the first semester of her sophomore year and stated that she has not received any email for her CPR card.

“In P.E. we did training every day for about three weeks. We went through the training and then my teacher said that we would be receiving our CPR training cards after we applied for [them],” Johnson said. “Then that semester ended and we never heard anything back from [the teachers].”

Students usually go through CPR training during the first semester of freshman year so their P.E. teachers can send in their completed cards during the winter season. Current sophomores and juniors received their training either in the first or second semester of last year. This caused P.E. teachers to send in all the cards during the week of the second semester’s finals. 

Once the cards were submitted, the American Heart Association was supposed to send an email to the students who completed the training. Once students received the email, they had 72 hours to claim their card. 

Students are still able to claim their card, as long as it is still available and they used their correct school email address. If the form was filled out correctly, the card should be able to be recovered. 

“We found out that we ran into some problems where students were giving us their Yahoo or Gmail accounts, and it was making it very difficult to track [their CPR cards] down,” P.E. department chair Craig Tomczak said. 

Additionally, the email may have gone into the student’s spam mail.

“We were certifying both classes,” P.E. teacher Amanda Briggs said. “So the process overall took a little bit longer than it normally does.”

Briggs encourages students to email her if they are still unable to find their CPR card, and she can resend it. 

“If there is a situation where students [say] ‘I do not see that email. I swear I never got it,’ have them shoot me an email,” Briggs said. “I am happy to help walk through it, or there is a program that I can log into and then resend it to them.”