Beginning this Fall, all Wisconsin schools will be required to provide 7th and 8th grade students with training in AEDs and CPR. Private schools are included.

The law (Wis Stat 118.076) requires all students in 7th and 8th grade to be trained on Automatic External Defibrillators and for 7th and 8th grade students in health classes be trained on CPR. High school students are already required to receive this training.

To help private schools comply with this law in an affordable way, WCRIS has partnered with STAPLES to get access to AED training devices and CPR dummies at prices far lower than a school could buy on their own, and lower than the prices available through The American Heart Association, which pushed for the law and now wants schools to buy the equipment they sell.

“Schools have to comply with this mandate, but they don’t have to buy the equipment from the interest group that pushed for the law so they could corner the market on selling supplies to schools,” said WCRIS Executive Director Sharon Schmeling.

Using the group buying power of WCRIS’s 600+ schools, we were able to get access to affordable training materials that match the budgets of our private schools, Schmeling said.

Tools available to help private schools comply with the law include:

  •  CPR manikin 1-pack kit for $90 (great for small schools);
  • CPR manikin 5-pack kit for $429;
  • AED Trainer pack for $100;
  • CPR Training DVD for $45.

To help schools with the training, WCRIS will also post a link on the WCRIS website to a STAPLES-sponsored free web-based training course, which complies with the law.

WCRIS Schools can order online at:

Or by contacting WCRIS’s customer representative at STAPLES:  Jason Borkowski (734) 452-4691 or

More information is available here on the WCRIS website.