First Aid and CPR/AED Certification Flexibility for Coaches in Response to COVID-19 (4/26//21)

All coaches of extracurricular sports must hold valid first aid and CPR/AED certification by completing courses from a New York State Education Department (NYSED)-approved provider, or NYSED-approved courses offered by a national provider (e.g., American Red Cross).

  • In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, current coaches who previously earned first aid and/or CPR/AED certification through a course from an NYSED-approved provider, and whose certification expires between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, will have the certification expiration date extended to June 30, 2021.
  • The attached memo titled “First Aid CPR Memo” describes this flexibility and provides additional details, including information about online course content and acceptable coaching courses.
  • Coaches who previously earned first aid and/or CPR/AED certification through a course from an NYSED-approved provider, and whose CPR/AED certification was extended through the flexibility described in the memo, do not meet the requirements of Public Health Law 3000-b(3)(a). Therefore, schools will need to ensure that there is a staff member who holds a valid CPR/AED certificate present at all athletic events.
  • For questions about coaching, please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at emscurric@nysed.gov or (518) 474-5922.

View the memo on the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives Certification webpage here.