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| 1 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

All four Chelsea School District schools are HeartSafe certified and prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies.

So what does this mean?

Well, school district nurse Marijane Nelson put it this way at the Oct. 28 school board meeting.

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“I am so excited to come to work every day and I am confident in each of our team member’s ability to be able to respond to an emergency if it ever were to occur,” Nelson said wrapping up her presentation the CSD Board of Education.

Nelson said CSD schools were one of 154 schools designated as MI HEARTSafe.

Nelson cited the story from 2018 when Fruitport Calvary Christian senior Luke Anhalt suffered a sudden cardiac arrest as the motivation for getting CSD designated. Anhalt was resuscitated by his coach with the help of Automated External Defibrillator-AED.

To  be designated schools need to have a written medical emergency response plan and team; a current CPR/AED certification of at least 10 percent of staff and 50 percent of coaches, including 100 percent of head varsity coaches and 100 percent of Physical Education staff; accessible, properly maintained and inspected Automated External Defibrillators (AED) with signs identifying locations; annual cardiac emergency response drills and pre-participation sports screening of all student-athletes using the current physical and history form endorsed by MHSAA.

Nelson said all of Chelsea’s schools have emergency teams. They’ve had drills, and all coaches, cert team members, bus drivers, preschool teachers are CPR/first aid/AED certified and soon so will all of the para-pros.

CSD Superintendent Julie Helber commended Nelson for her efforts and said it was no small feat in getting the designation, which will be in place for the next three years.

She thanked Nelson for her diligence and help in keeping Chelsea kids safe.

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