SB-0541: School safety: lockdown drills

Session: 2019-2020
Author: Bates
Status: Signed into Law (Chaptered)
AAP-CA Position: Support
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Last Action:

10/12/19 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 786, Statutes of 2019.
SB 541, Bates. School safety: lockdown drills and multioption response drills: report.
This bill would require the State Department of Education to collect, and local educational agencies to provide, data pertaining to lockdown or multioption response drills conducted at schoolsites within school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, as provided. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on a local educational agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the department to conduct, or contract to conduct, a study that identifies, among other things, best practices for age-appropriate drills. The bill would require the data and the study to be submitted to the Governor and relevant policy committees of the Legislature on or before November 1, 2021, as provided.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.