AASA Launches New Partnership with citizenAID to Promote School Safety in Nation’s Classrooms


Caleb Randall-Bodman
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James Minichello

Alexandria, Va. – August 27, 2018 – In its continuing effort to ensure safer classrooms on behalf of the more than 50 million children who learn and grow in our public schools, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce a new partnership with citizenAID North America, an organization that prepares the public to become more effective during the critical moments immediately following traumatic incidents.

The latest addition to AASA’s School Solutions Center will provide teachers, building leaders and administrators throughout the country access to basic school safety and trauma-care training courses, as well as Public Treatment Kits to prepare schools in cases of emergencies.

“This partnership represents a huge step toward securing safety for our children,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “citizenAID’s training courses and treatment kits were created by those who have decades of emergency response experience. Working together, we know we can equip schools on a large scale.”

Along with the online courses that complement existing school safety procedures, citizenAID offers a free mobile app that would provide educators with step-by-step guidelines in cases of emergencies. The app will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making during unfamiliar situations.

“The partnership with AASA will have a huge impact on millions of students and educators,” said Bob Otter, fire captain, founder and CEO, citizenAID North America. “Our mission is to save lives. We are thrilled that an organization that touches the lives of so many students can help us with our goal to train one million teachers at no cost. In doing so, we can create safer environments for our students, teachers and communities.”

“In those rare instances when we can’t prevent a crisis, basic medical treatment can make all the difference in keeping our kids safe before EMTs and paramedics arrive on the scene. That’s why we chose to partner with citizenAID,” said Doug Ute, superintendent, Newark City (Ohio) Schools. “This partnership will empower our teachers, administrators and other members of the Newark City Schools community to take action and save lives in the case of serious injury.”

Today’s announcement comes shortly after AASA released “School Safety & Crisis Planning,” a toolkit for proactive best practices before, during and after a crisis.

To learn more, visit the citizenAID website.


About citizenAID North America
citizenAID leverages the success of the Combat Lifesaver Program, which was originally created to decrease the percentage of preventable deaths on the battlefield by teaching basic trauma care to battlefield soldiers. citizenAID USA has repurposed this training for consumption by non-military citizens and has created a mobile application so that this knowledge is accessible to every American, free of charge. citizenAID USA has also created online trainings that expand on the app as well as Public Treatment Kits and wall stations in various sizes for schools, community spaces, offices, and public transportation hubs. Together, citizenAID provides the tools to be prepared, not scared, in times of crisis.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.