2SSB 5197 -
By Committee on Capital Budget
Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
"NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A new section is added to chapter 28A.320
RCW to read as follows:
School districts must work collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies and school security personnel to develop an emergency response system using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school. School districts are encouraged to use the model policies developed by the school safety advisory committee of the office of the superintendent of public instruction as a resource. Each school district must submit a progress report on its implementation of an emergency response system as required under this section to the office of the superintendent of public instruction by December 1, 2014.
Sec. 2 RCW 28A.335.010 and 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.58.102 are each
amended to read as follows:
(1) Every board of directors, unless otherwise specifically provided by law, shall:
(1))) (a) Cause all school buildings to be properly heated,
lighted, and ventilated and maintained in a clean and sanitary
(2))) (b) Maintain and repair, furnish, and insure such school
(2) Every board of directors, unless otherwise specifically provided by law, shall also:
(a) Consider installing a perimeter security control mechanism or system on all school campuses, as appropriate to the design of the campus; and
(b) For new school construction projects or remodeling projects of more than forty percent of an existing school building that are initiated after the effective date of this section, consider school building plans and designs that promote:
(i) An optimal level of security for the specific school site that incorporates evolving technology and best practices to protect students and staff in the event of a threat during school hours;
(ii) Direct control and observation of the public entering school grounds; and
(iii) The public entering school grounds through as few entrances as possible, such as through the main entrance of a school's administrative offices.
(3) The purpose of subsection (2) of this section is to promote generally the safety of all students and staff in Washington public schools. Nothing in subsection (2) of this section creates any civil liability for school districts, or creates a new cause of action or new theory of negligence against a school district board of directors, a school district, or the state.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 (1) The school safety advisory committee
convened by the office of the superintendent of public instruction
shall develop model policies and strategies for school districts and
local law enforcement agencies to design emergency response systems
using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law
enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school. The
committee shall develop policies and strategies appropriate for a range
of different threat or emergency scenarios.
(2)(a) The school safety advisory committee shall also develop recommendations related to incorporating school safety features in the planning and design of new or remodeled school facilities. The recommendations shall address, at a minimum:
(i) Options to address public access to school buildings and grounds;
(ii) Interior design features to address public access to classrooms; and
(iii) Options and best practices to protect students and staff in the event of a threat during school hours.
(b) The recommendations shall consider and provide flexibility regarding varying campus designs, geographic locations, site-specific needs, grade-level configurations, cost-effectiveness, and coordination with local law enforcement in a manner suitable to the locale.
(3) The school safety advisory committee shall submit a report to the education committees of the legislature by December 1, 2013, and post the report, model policies and recommendations developed under this section, and other resource information to assist school districts on the school safety center web site.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 A new section is added to chapter 28A.300
RCW to read as follows:
Subject to funds appropriated specifically for this purpose, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall allocate grants to school districts on a competitive basis for the purpose of implementing emergency response systems using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school."
Correct the title.
EFFECT: Makes the following changes to the underlying bill:
Rather than requiring districts either to develop a panic alarm system or use a model policy for a panic alarm system, requires districts to work with local law enforcement to develop an "emergency response system" to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency. Encourages districts to use model policies developed by the School Safety Advisory Committee (SSAC) for this purpose. Requires districts to submit a progress report to OSPI by December 1, 2014.
Requires school districts to consider, rather than strongly consider or give preference to, installing perimeter security control and using building designs with certain safety features.
States that the purpose of the provisions requiring school districts to consider installing perimeter security control on all campuses and consider certain safety features in the design of new construction or major remodeling of school facilities is to promote safety. States that nothing in these provisions creates civil liability or creates a new cause of action or new theory of negligence against a school board, school district, or the state.
Directs the SSAC to develop model policies regarding emergency response appropriate for a range of scenarios. Also directs the SSAC to develop recommendations for incorporating specified school safety features in the planning and design of new or remodeled facilities. Requires a report by December 1, 2013, with related information and recommendations to be posted on the web site.
Directs the OSPI to allocate grants on a competitive basis, if funds are appropriated, for districts to implement emergency response systems.