Employees of the Great Neck Public Schools are learning life-saving techniques through a district-wide Stop the Bleed initiative, a nationally recognized program that empowers bystanders to assist in a bleeding emergency.
“The Great Neck Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with ongoing professional development and valuable health and safety training,” Superintendent of Schools Teresa Prendergast said. “Through this Stop the Bleed initiative, our educators and support staff are learning techniques that can save lives during an emergency at work, at home, or in the community.”
Since the start of the 2018–19 school year, the district has provided Stop the Bleed training sessions for more than 900 GNPS staff members. Participants learn strategies to assist in a bleeding emergency until medical professionals arrive on the scene, such as how to apply compression, pack a wound, and use a tourniquet.
In addition to training opportunities for all staff, this district-wide initiative has also equipped all GNPS school buildings and vehicles with bleeding control kits in case of an emergency.
Stop the Bleed training sessions for GNPS staff have been administered free-of-charge by medical professionals from the Nassau County Fire-Police EMS Academy and Northwell Health.