FHN Offering Virtual Safe Sitter Classes

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — FHN has moved its popular Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR classes to the online platform Zoom as families cope with Illinois’ Stay-at-Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The original full-day course, designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting, has been broken into 3 virtual sessions with no in-person meetings. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students get to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR. Students should have a doll or stuffed animal to “simulate” the CPR portion. This course includes basic CPR practice but does NOT lead to certification.

The May class will include 9 – 11 a.m. sessions on Monday, May 18, Wednesday, May 20, and Friday, May 22. Students must virtually attend all three.

The course fee is $50, which includes the Safe Sitter Essentials Student Handbook and completion card. Financial assistance is available for eligible students. Please call 815-599-6707 for more information and to find out if you are eligible. Registration and payment must be made 5 days prior to the first class session. The Safe Sitter workbook will be mailed to students prior to the first class.

The June class includes 1 – 3 p.m. sessions on Monday, June 1, Tuesday, June 3, and Friday, June 5.

More information and online registration is available at https://tinyurl.com/FHNVirtualSafeSitter.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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