Lamar County school districts are in session yet again, and a new school security law requires the districts to house School Bleeding Kits no later than Jan. 1, 2020.
The new legislation is part of the national Stop the Bleed movement, a “nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.” According to H.B. 496’s bill analysis, the bill ensures “bleeding control kits are available on all campuses and students and staff are trained in their use.”
Brad Ruthart, with Paris ISD’s police department, these kits will help in serious emergencies.
“The bleeding kits will help prevent a loss of life and can stop bleeding in emergency situations,” Ruthart said.
Ruthart said the kits also add another level of emergency preparedness the schools will be trained in in case a need arises – preparing for the worse.
Mike Boaz, North Lamar ISD’s police chief, said items required to be in the School Bleeding Kits include:
- two compressed gauze dressings;
- trauma dressing;
- nitrile gloves;
- scissors; and
- instructional documents detailing how to prevent blood loss after a traumatic event.
“I did the training through Stop the Bleed,” Boaz said, in regard to him being trained as a certified instructor along with others in the district. “Several teachers have been trained to use the equipment, and we are glad they did it.”
Boaz said parents will be at ease knowing the staff and faculty members are trained in the life-saving kits.
“We always want parents to feel at ease,” Boaz said. “Our armed staff is also trained with Stop the Bleed. It’s really a great deal.”
Tommy Chalaire, Chisum ISD Superintendent, said the campus is sprawled with the $500-pieces of potentially-life-saving kits.
“Everyone has been trained in using them by AirEvac here in town,” Chalaire said. “During the summer, AirEvac came to the school and everyone in the district is CPR, Stop the Bleed and AED certified.”
Prairiland ISD Superintendent Jeff Ballard said Prairiland’s district houses 10 kits so far – about two per campus.
“We plan on getting more to make sure we are compliant,” Ballard said. “We have at least two on each campus.”
Ballard said some of the staff were trained with the defender program. However, the district plans to train more through the Stop the Bleed program to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation.
H.B. 496, or School Bleeding Kit bill, requires all districts “provide for bleeding control stations in easily accessible areas on campus, placed and stocked based on determinations made at the local level. It also requires annual training … C.S.H.B. 496 will help prevent loss of life in the event of an active shooter situation or another serious emergency.”