Heart Safe Schools

Implementing a Heart Safe School Program

Project ADAM affiliate sites strive to assist schools and communities in establishing a practiced plan to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest. We provide the foundation for a school to develop and sustain their program, including planning templates, a reference manual and one-on-one consultation. Contact your local affiliate for support.

A Project ADAM Heart Safe School has successfully implemented a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a safe environment for students, visitors and staff as outlined within the Heart Safe School Checklist.

Assess #READY-ness

Heart Safe School Program Checklist


This checklist can be used as an initial assessment and guide to implementing a Heart Safe School program.

Work with your school leadership prior to starting the process. Background for School Administrators has helpful information to guide initial conversations.

Project ADAM recommends appointing a Site Coordinator to be the point person for your school's CPR/AED program. Check out this graphic to learn more.


Develop your Plan

Heart Safe School Toolkit



A school can learn how to fulfill each criteria of the Heart Safe School Checklist by following the steps outlined in the toolkit.


Heart Safe School Manual


A school can utilize the manual as a guide to implementing a Heart Safe School. Click on the link below to download and review the manual.

Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools: A Policy Statement

Implement your Process

Program Templates & Videos

A school can utilize the following templates to support implementing a Heart Safe School.

Click on the links to download word documents that can be customized for your school building.



Automated External Defibrillators



AED Site Assessment

AED Arrow Sign - Right

AED Arrow Sign - Left

AED Maintenance Log

Choosing an AED


Cardiac Emergency Response Team


Budget Template

Fundraising Tools


Cardiac Emergency Response Plan



CERP Full Version

*appropriate for a school policy and procedure manual

CERP Full Version


CERP Abbreviated Versions and Poster

*for quick reference or visually posting your response plan

Abbreviated Plan Example 1

Abbreviated Plan Example 2

Abbreviated Plan Example 3

Abbreviated Plan Example 4

Cardiac Emergency Response Plan Poster


Templates for Sharing your School CERP 

Extracurricular and Community Groups

Letter to Facility Users

Letter to Local Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

AED Site Information Form for EMS

Heart Safe School Training Videos

Chapter 1: The Adam in Project ADAM


Chapter 2: Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Chapter 3: Being Prepared in a Cardiac Emergency


Chapter 4: Implementing Project ADAM in Your School


All staff awareness


Check out our AED drill video to help plan one at your school.

Our friends at Save Station created AED unit training videos so you can learn more about your specific unit.