Grapevine-Colleyville ISD students enrolled in seventh grade or higher, along with their parents, are invited to attend a training session on how to use a bleeding control station.

The details

According to a district news release, the session is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the GCISD Professional Development and Education Center in the Mustang Corral Room. The center is located at 5800 Colleyville Blvd. in Colleyville.

A closer look

The news release states that the training session is being offered in accordance with the Texas Legislature’s House Bill 496. The bill, which went into effect in 2020, requires independent school districts and charter schools to place bleeding control kits in schools. It also requires that certain staff members be trained on how to use the kits to stop bleeding.

HB 496 states that districts are also required to offer stop the bleed training to students in seventh grade and above, but students aren’t required to take it.

According to the American College of Surgeons’ website, the most common cause of preventable death following traumatic injury is uncontrolled bleeding.

The ACS website also states the following about the Stop the Bleeding course:
  • The goal of the program is to turn bystanders into immediate first responders.
  • Since launching in 2017, it has helped more than 1 million people in more than 100 countries to learn the fundamentals of bleeding control.