SCALERA & LAMPITT BILL TO REQUIRE SCHOOL SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS SIGNED INTO LAW

SCALERA & LAMPITT BILL TO REQUIRE
SCHOOL SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS SIGNED INTO LAW
(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Fred Scalera and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to require school security drills to improve emergency preparedness was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.
State law had required most public schools to conduct two fire drills per month, but their law (A-3002) aims to improve readiness at public and private schools by requiring one monthly fire drill and one monthly security drill.
A security drill will practice procedures that respond to emergencies such as a lockdown or an active shooter.
“Many schools haven’t practiced their security plans because there was no law to require them to do so,” said Scalera, (D-Bergen, Essex, Passaic) chairman of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. “That’s a problem. History has taught us that school security drills can be vitally important and lifesaving.”
The law directs the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in consultation with state education, fire safety, emergency management, state police and attorney general’s office officials to develop and disseminate curriculum to each school district and nonpublic school to help them prepare and conduct school security drills.
“The curriculum will educate school employees on proper procedures in a variety of emergency situations, such as bomb threats and active shooter situations,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “No matter how much we hope the worst will never happen, we need to be prepared. This is information that could one day save lives.”
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