Schools in Burke County use bleed kits for school safety procedure

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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- "How was the first day of school," Jonah's grandmother asks.

"Great," he replies with excitement.

This 4-year-old, Jonah, just got done with his first day at Waynesboro Primary in Burke County.

"Whether it's an injury on the playground, an active shooter. "Once those kids leave home, we're responsible for them," said Rebecca Tinsley, Head School Nurse.

Burke County schools are taking their students' safety even more seriously this year with a new emergency kit stocked and ready.

"Bleeding Control kit. These are what all of our kits look like in our schools," Nurse Tinsley said.

She shows News 12 how the kits are packed with lifesaving tools to help assist, "You have your tourniquet that is orange, you have your trauma dressing here, you have a couple pair of gloves, some tape, 2 compression bandages.”

Everything you need to stop bleeding. After seeing these kits, Burke County's head nurse, Rebecca Tinsley, knew her county needed them. She made sure all 502 school staff members went through training.

"They've learned a new skill on how to save a life," said Nurse Tinsley.

With some funding help, twelve kits are now in all 7 Burke County schools.

"One on each hall, an administrator will have one, the lunchroom, the gym, the coaches," she said.

Rebecca says it's a life-saving kit all schools need.

“Everything that's going on in the world right now, it's just something that we needed to have in all the schools." Not just here, but in all the schools."

Rebecca wants to keep these kids smiling and studying leaving the worry of safety up to the adults.

The next step is getting those kits on all the buses. Along with Burke County, 8 counties around us are fully stocked with stop the bleed kits in their schools.

About sixteen schools in Richmond County are done and Harlem High is the first school to have them in Columbia County.