MOUNT VERNON - St. Vincent de Paul School has been awarded a re-accreditation of their Heart Safe School Status until December 17, 2019 through the SADS Foundation.
St. Vincent makes a commitment to making sure their faculty and staff are as prepared as possible to respond to not only a possible cardiac event but also other medical emergencies by receiving Heart Saver CPR and First Aid Training/certification through the American Heart Association. The students and faculty also actively participate in medical emergency response drills several times during the school year.
St Vincent de Paul students in 7th grade participate in Heart Saver First Aid training and the 8th grade participates Heart Saver CPR training and receive certification through the American Heart Association.
Students kindergarten through 6th grade learn about heart health and participate in Heart Safe Day where they learn about Heart Health, the steps they should follow if they find a family member or friend who may be unresponsive. They also learn and practice hands only compression and learn about AED use.
St Vincent de Paul School is one of 38 schools in 5 states that are accredited and the first parochial school in the country to achieve that status.
The St. Vincent school community encourages all schools to move toward this student safety model and is willing to help schools in Knox County and the Columbus Diocese through the accreditation process.
Principal Martha Downs said, "St. Vincent de Paul acknowledges and thanks Lieutenant Leo Swank and the Mount Vernon Fire Department personnel for their continued support and response to our drill situations."