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UCS schools honored as HEARTSafe


HEARTSafe LogoUtica High School has joined Henry Ford II and Stevenson high schools as a HEARTSafe school.

The honor is provided to schools that have taken the necessary steps to prepare for cardiac emergencies.

“Our district remains committed to a safe and positive learning environment,” said superintendent Robert Monroe. “The HEARTSafe designation reflects the commitment and hard work of our staff to take the extra steps necessary to protect the health and well being of our students.”

Utica High School was awarded the designation for the first time this year. Henry Ford II and Stevenson were previously awarded the honor, with a renewal scheduled for 2025.

To receive a MI HEARTSafe School designation, schools must have:

  • A written medical emergency response plan and team that can respond to an emergency during school hours and after-school activities and sports.
  • Current CPR/AED certification of at least 10% of staff and 50% of coaches, including 100% of head coaches and physical education staff.
  • Accessible, properly maintained and inspected AEDs with signs identifying locations.
  • Annual cardiac emergency response drills.
  • Pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes using the current physical and history form endorsed by MHSAA.

The award is presented by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE), American Heart Association, Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY).