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 schools was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
Two bills sponsored by Sen. Dawn Addiego to improve school security was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)
“When it comes to protecting students, the best policy is to be proactive,” Senator Addiego said. “These measures will implement a set of best practices that will make our school buildings safer and help school staff to be prepared in the event of an emergency.”
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.
“Protecting children while they’re in schools is a top priority,” Senator Addiego said. “Parents should feel confident that we are up to that task when they drop their kids off in the morning. These are important steps we need to take in order to reach that goal.”
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