WINONA — Employees of Winona Independent School District spent a day in training to ensure their schools will be safer than ever this fall.

Superintendent Cody Mize said every employee in the district spent Wednesday getting up to date on school safety plans, their partnerships with local law enforcement and learning first aid techniques.

UT Health East Texas partnered with the district to teach employees CPR, how to use an automated external defibrillator and how to apply a tourniquet.

Sean Tenison, who led the hands-only CPR and Stop the Bleed presentations for UT Health, encouraged attendees to find a song with 100 beats per minute to help them gauge how quickly to do compressions. He joked that “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees is an old standby, but the “Baby Shark” song will work as well.

District nurse Toni Harp said that employees being able to render immediate aid while first responders are en route could save lives of not just students and teachers, but also family members at district events.

“You never really know when an emergency will take place,” Harp said. “It’s always good to be prepared.”

The employees practiced on dozens of medical mannequins outside of the Winona High School auditorium.

They also rotated out to tables set up with simulated limbs that had stab, cut and bullet wounds, which they applied a tourniquet to.

The process started with learning to first make eye contact with another bystander and tell them to call 911, rather than just yelling it out. Next teachers located where the bleeding was coming from, in this case on one of the simulated wounds, and applied pressure with bandages and assessed whether to apply a tourniquet.

The Stop the Bleed campaign is a nationwide initiative to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding, according to the organization’s website.

UT Health East Texas will be providing CPR and Stop the Bleed training at schools and churches in the area.

They will next train Bullard ISD employees and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 will teach a class at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois D’Arc Ave.


Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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