BILL REQ. #: S-1278.1
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2013 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/08/13.
AN ACT Relating to safe school buildings; amending RCW 28A.335.010; adding a new section to chapter 28A.320 RCW; and adding a new section to chapter 28A.300 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A new section is added to chapter 28A.320
RCW to read as follows:
By December 1, 2014, a school district shall either:
(1) Work with its local law enforcement agency to develop and implement a panic alarm system using technology to expedite law enforcement's arrival and effective response in the event of a threat at a school; or
(2) Implement a model policy developed by the superintendent of public instruction that the school district may use to implement a panic alarm system that uses technology to expedite law enforcement's arrival and effective response in the event of a threat at a school.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 28A.300
RCW to read as follows:
(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall collaborate with law enforcement and the school safety advisory committee to develop a model policy that school districts may use to implement a panic alarm system that uses technology to expedite law enforcement's arrival and effective response in the event of a threat at a school.
(2) The superintendent of public instruction shall develop and make the model policy available to school districts by June 1, 2014.
Sec. 3 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
condition; (( and)) (b) Maintain and repair, furnish, and insure such school
(c) Strongly consider installing a perimeter security control mechanism or system on all school campuses, as is appropriate to the design of each campus; and
(d) Give preference to all school building plans and designs for new school construction or remodeling of more than forty percent of an existing school building 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.
(2) Specific school designs and construction started before the effective date of this section are not subject to subsection (1)(c) and (d) of this section.