JDA coach completes HELPS program

  • Michael Tindall, left, a coach at JDA, receives his certificate of completion at the conclusion of the South Carolina Independent School Association’s H.E.L.P.S. program from Lyndi Bonnette, SCISA activities director. SCISA photo.

A member of the staff at a local independent school spent part of the summer attending a health care provider workshop sponsored by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

SCISA Executive Director Larry Watt said Michael Tindall, a coach at Jefferson Davis Academy, Blackville, completed the HELPS program.

“HELPS’ main areas of focus were hazards, emergencies, links, procedures, and safety,” Watt said. The topics covered included;

• Treatment of injuries and illnesses as seen in the office and by coaches

•Blood-borne pathogens updates, including OSHA regulations and SCISA accreditation requirements

• Proper handling of psycho-pharmaceuticals and all controlled substances

• Medical forms (participants shared and reviewed samples)

• Emergency and everyday communications

• Proper routing of information


• Playground safety


• Staph infections

“This is just one of the many programs SCISA offers our schools,” Watt said. “We feel this training is very important because some schools don’t have registered nurses on their staffs.”

The South Carolina Independent School Association is a non-profit, voluntary association of over 120 independent schools serving more than 37,000 teachers and students.