Bills establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders
Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s school passed the Senate Education Committee.
“Sadly, schools across the country have been targeted by individuals who wish to carry out unimaginable acts of violence,” Senator Addiego said. “These measures seek to implement a few simple recommendations that will go a long way in making our schools safer for staff, teachers and students.”
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The first bill, S-2438, requires all school employees to take annual training on school safety and security. Current law requires certified staff members to take such training only once. Staff will train alongside emergency responders in order to identify weaknesses in school security procedures, as well as to improve the effectiveness of the first responders.
The second piece of legislation, S-2439, requires any new school construction to include certain security standards in its design. The new building sites undertaken by a school district of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority must include safety and security measure like separate pick-up and drop-off areas, control systems that allow for remote locking and sufficient space for an evacuation.
“This will outfit all of our new schools with the most up-to-date security measures and ensure staff members are equipped with the knowledge they need to handle an emergency,” Senator Addiego said. “As always, we have to be proactive and vigilant in all matters concerning school safety. Parents should feel safe sending their kids to our schools and know they will be well taken care of.”