By Chris Trantham
Red Lion Area School District has been working hard at replacing all of the old first aid kits, aka “Go-Kits” with a standardized, easy to find, and use, “Go-Kit.”
Mr. Grant Gouker, assistant principal, is the person in charge of the Go-Kit program for the district. Gouker has made roughly 417 kits for the district. There are a few things that Gouker has either changed, added, or removed from the kits to make them much simpler and easy to use for teachers and students alike.
The old kits were hard to find and identify. Each teacher had their own spot for their kits, usually on a shelf or in a cabinet.
“[The old kits] were also inconsistent. It all depends on when and where the kits were bought,” said Mr. Gouker. “A lot of the things in the old kits were outside of the scope of what a teacher needs in a trauma situation, for example bee sting ointment, splints, or smelling salts”.
“The new kits are only meant to be opened in emergencies. They are not first aid kits, they are more or less trauma kits,” said Gouker. “Teachers should have band-aids and other basic items for daily use in their desks”. The new kits also contain the red and green cards that are used in the current lockdown drills.
The kits cost about $5,000 altogether. The majority of this cost comes from mounting hardware and the cost of the bags. The money came from the district’s “Improvement to Safety and Security” fund. The kits were mainly assembled by Mrs. Kandy Norris and the other office staff. Most of the materials were repurposed from the old kits.
The district has not officially shared their go-kit program with other districts, but Gouker hopes to see other districts adopt a program similar to ours.