Floyd County students and staff are returning to schools that are a bit safer this week, thanks to recent purchases by the district.

In two separate meetings this summer, the Floyd County Board of Education approved buying Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, to be placed at all county schools, at the county bus garage and on athletic fields.

“We’re putting them in every school. Some schools will have two or three,” Superintendent Danny Adkins said. 

Adkins reported that the district is investing about $25,000 into this program, and Cintas, the company providing the Zoll AED Plus devices, will check the equipment monthly. 

He described the units are “fail-proof.” 

Documentation presented to the board of education show that the systems offer voice prompts that provide directions to those administering the AEDs. 

The use of the AEDs is authorized for emergency response personnel who are trained in CPR and the use of the AED, the document says. 

It describes the AED system as “easy-to-use automated external defibrillators” with voice prompts “to walk users through the simple steps necessary in life-saving defibrillation and CPR.” 

In May, the district approved a lease program that would provide 18 AEDs. 

Through the 36-month lease, the district will receive software updates that are required to keep the system operating, as well as materials needed to help pediatric patients. 

During the last board meeting in July, members voted to add AEDs at RLC, the former Allen Central High School and at the county bus garage.

Adkins said these AEDs will be available for us at all schools and athletic fields. 

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