Bill Text - HB123 (2019)

Relative to emergency response plans in schools.


Revision: April 19, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

HB 123 - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

28Feb2019... 0494h

11Apr2019... 1532-EBA

2019 SESSION

19-0036

06/04

 

HOUSE BILL 123

 

AN ACT relative to emergency response plans in schools.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. Shaw, Hills. 16

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires each school's emergency response plan to include at least one drill to test emergency response to an armed assailant.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

28Feb2019... 0494h

11Apr2019... 1532-EBA 19-0036

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to emergency response plans in schools.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Emergency Response Plans.  Amend RSA 189:64, I to read as follows:

I.  Every public, chartered public, and nonpublic school shall develop a site-specific school emergency response plan which is based on and conforms to the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System and submit such plan to the department of education by September 1 of each year.  Upon receiving a school's emergency management plan, the department shall provide a copy of such plan to the director of homeland security and emergency management, department of safety.  The plan should be documented at the time of school approval review.  The plan shall provide that at least [2] 4 of the currently required number of fire evacuation drills shall be emergency, all-hazard response drills of which at least one shall test emergency response to an armed assailant.  The armed assailant drill may be discussion based.  The types of all-hazard drills and exercises and the manner and time in which these activities take place shall be determined by the school in collaboration with local public safety, emergency management, and public health officials.  The school may include students and first responders in all-hazard response drills or activities, as appropriate.  The plan shall address hazards including but not limited to acts of violence, threats, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, structural fire, wildfire, internal and external hazardous materials releases, medical emergencies, and any other hazard deemed necessary by school officials and local emergency authorities.  The first emergency response drill shall be conducted within one year of the completion of the plan.  If the school has a building schematic floor plan diagram, the school may, with the approval of the local school board, submit the diagram to the division of homeland security and emergency management, department of safety, in a commonly used digital format.  Submission of the diagram will enable the state to better prepare, respond, and mitigate potentially dangerous conditions should the need arise.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

HB 123 - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

28Feb2019... 0494h

11Apr2019... 1532-EBA

2019 SESSION

19-0036

06/04

 

HOUSE BILL 123

 

AN ACT relative to emergency response plans in schools.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. Shaw, Hills. 16

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires each school's emergency response plan to include at least one drill to test emergency response to an armed assailant.

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

28Feb2019... 0494h

11Apr2019... 1532-EBA 19-0036

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to emergency response plans in schools.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Emergency Response Plans.  Amend RSA 189:64, I to read as follows:

I.  Every public, chartered public, and nonpublic school shall develop a site-specific school emergency response plan which is based on and conforms to the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System and submit such plan to the department of education by September 1 of each year.  Upon receiving a school's emergency management plan, the department shall provide a copy of such plan to the director of homeland security and emergency management, department of safety.  The plan should be documented at the time of school approval review.  The plan shall provide that at least [2] 4 of the currently required number of fire evacuation drills shall be emergency, all-hazard response drills of which at least one shall test emergency response to an armed assailant.  The armed assailant drill may be discussion based.  The types of all-hazard drills and exercises and the manner and time in which these activities take place shall be determined by the school in collaboration with local public safety, emergency management, and public health officials.  The school may include students and first responders in all-hazard response drills or activities, as appropriate.  The plan shall address hazards including but not limited to acts of violence, threats, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, structural fire, wildfire, internal and external hazardous materials releases, medical emergencies, and any other hazard deemed necessary by school officials and local emergency authorities.  The first emergency response drill shall be conducted within one year of the completion of the plan.  If the school has a building schematic floor plan diagram, the school may, with the approval of the local school board, submit the diagram to the division of homeland security and emergency management, department of safety, in a commonly used digital format.  Submission of the diagram will enable the state to better prepare, respond, and mitigate potentially dangerous conditions should the need arise.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.