The Senate today passed a bill that would require that districts notify parents within 10 days when soil contaminated with pesticides or other chemicals is discovered at a school. Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-District 16, was a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 480 (Assembly Bill 1072).
“Administrators should let parents know immediately if there is a health risk present on school grounds,” Senator Bateman said. “This bill will make sure that parents are alerted to the risk and are informed of the steps being taken to prevent children from coming in contact with contaminated soil.”
Bateman’s legislation was prompted by an incident in the Paramus school district where parents were not informed of the presence of soil contaminated by now-banned pesticides.
“This bill makes it clear how a school administrator should proceed when contaminated soil is discovered,” Senator Bateman said. “The clarity provided by this law should help safeguard the health of students and reassure parents.”
The Assembly also has passed the bill, and it will now go to the governor for his signature.