[June 27, 2022 update: As we all know, the situation with COVID-19 is fluid. With the guidance of authorities, from international to local, our policies need to remain fluid. As of this date, we are open to holding fully in-person classes. Depending on classroom space size, students may be required to wear a mask. So each student should bring one along, just in case. Finally, each student must take — and pass — an “at-home” COVID test, within 24 hours of class time, and bring that negative test result along to class. Until further notice, we all need to remain flexible — as what’s acceptable one day may not be acceptable the next day.]
To those of you who are concerned about the threat of contracting COVID-19 while taking a CPR/AED and/or First Aid class, rest assured, we’re just as concerned about this coronavirus as you are. Maybe even more concerned.
We want you to know that we’re doing everything within our power to make our classes safe from the spread of COVID. For one, our core classes are now available with a blended-learning, mostly online option.
“Mostly” implies not entirely, though. And that’s intentional.
[Completely online option: You may go through all of our videos without any hands-on practice, if you prefer. But you will not receive certification for that option.]
To learn CPR and First Aid — to really learn it — you have to physically practice how to give compressions, practice how to give breaths, practice how to operate an AED, practice how to stop bleeding, practice how to stabilize an extremity, etc. To accomplish that, you need at least some hands-on experience. If for no other reason than to develop “muscle memory,” so those skills come back to you if and when you need them, we need to have some in-person training.
That said, because of COVID, almost all of your training will be conducted online. But, if you would like and/or need certification, you must complete the hands-on training as well. We will do everything that we can to adhere to “social distancing” recommendation. And we will use only equipment that has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before you touch it.
If you have questions or concerns, please let us know. Go to our Contact page to send us a message.
For more information about Coronavirus 2019 (better known as COVID-19), check out these websites:
Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention