On Target September 2017
Community Corner September 2017
  • Entire School District Gets CPR/AED Certified & Recertified


    Two years ago, New Jersey state lawmakers signed into law that every K–12 school must have a defibrillator on site, an emergency action plan in place and at least five CPR trained staff members. The Pascack Valley Regional High School District decided that wasn’t enough. Instead, every year the district certifies (or recertifies) all of its 2,300 students, teachers, faculty, and staff. 

    "In 2014, we had a student-athlete on the track team at one of our high schools' collapse and go into cardiac arrest," shares district’s Director of Curriculum Barry Bachenheimer, who is also EMT and CPR Instructor Trainer. He added, "Thanks to the quick reaction and implementation of CPR and an AED by students, coaches, the athletic trainer and local EMS, the student had a full recovery. As a result, we as a district, supported by our board of education, decided that every one of our students, faculty and staff would not only be trained but also certified in CPR every year."   

    The coordinator of the program is Joseph Orlak, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education. “Every one of our 14 Health and Physical Education teachers is certified as an American Heart Association CPR Instructor as well as our athletic trainer and a few of our faculty. Rather than being satisfied with just being trained, we opted to take it to a whole different level and provide 'Heartsaver' certification in CPR and use of the AED to all people who are in our district. I’m very proud of the work of our instructors and thankful for the support of the Board of Education,” noted Orlak who added that this is the third year of the program.

    The mass certification was so impressive that even the American Heart Association took notice. It gave the school district their annual “Lifesaver Award” in 2016 for promoting the "chain of survival" for cardiac events. According to the American Heart Association, Pascack Valley is the only school district in New Jersey where all members of the school community are certified on a bi-yearly basis. 

    The week of May 21-27, 2017 is National Emergency Medical Services week. Besides the obvious connection to lifesaving, the CPR program has also generated interest from Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills students to get their EMT or First Responder certification and join the TriBoro, Hillsdale, and River Vale Volunteer Ambulance Squads.

    A special thanks to everyone for their support.

    Board of Education


    Mr. Jeffrey Steinfeld, President

    Mr. P. Erik Gundersen, Superintendent

    Ms. Janet Bissinger, Vice President

    Dr. Barry Bachenheimer, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

    Mr. Joseph Blundo

    Ms. Pamela Baxley
, Business Administrator/ Board Secretary

    Mr. Brian Hallowell


    Ms. Tammy Mollinelli

    Pascack Hills High School

    Mr. Kenneth Ralph

    Mr. Glenn deMarrais, Principal

    Mr. Arnold Scher

    Mr. Timothy Weiland, Assistant Principal

    Mr. James Stankus

    Mr. Phil Paspalas, Assistant Principal/ Athletic Director

    Mr. David Steinberg



    Pascack Valley High School


    Mr. Thomas DeMaio, Principal


    Mr. John Puccio, Assistant Principal


    Ms. Deborah Squiccimari, Assistant Principal

    Pascack Valley



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