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‘Safe Sitter’ Classes Return to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital


Jacksonville Memorial Hospital will host two Safe Sitter classes this summer.

The first class will be held Tuesday, June 7, and the second class on Wednesday, July 20. Both will meet at the hospital from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Safe Sitter classes prepare boys and girls ages 11 to 15 to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting.

During class, students use manikins to practice lifesaving skills, such as CPR and choking rescue. Through role play, games and activities, students learn how to handle everyday situations that could present a risk to children’s safety, such as what to do when severe weather happens.

Jacksonville Memorial Hospital has offered the popular Safe Sitter classes to young people for more than two decades. The COVID-19 pandemic paused the classes.

The Safe Sitter class size is limited, and classes tend to fill quickly. The cost is $35, which includes a textbook and lunch. To enroll in one of the upcoming Safe Sitter classes, register online at