senate Bill S172

Relates to alerting all public and non-public schools of the state in the event of a general threat against the schools of the state

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to alerting all public and non-public schools of the state in the event of a general threat of a terroristic nature against a single, multiple or all of the schools of the state; requires the school safety team to designate an individual to notify the education department in the event the school district receives a general threat of harm against any school or schools within the district or anywhere in the state.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2222
Versions:
S172
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, amd §2801-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S314, A818
2007-2008: A2969

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S172

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
alerting all public and non-public schools of the state in the event
of a general threat against the schools of the state

PURPOSE: This bill directs the commissioner of education to notify
all public and nonpublic schools of any general threat of harm made
against a school or schools.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 319
of the education law requiring the commissioner of education to notify
all public and nonpublic schools of any general threat of harm made
against single, multiple or all schools of the state. Further, the
commissioner shall maintain updated contact information for all
nonpublic schools in the state and shall develop additional protocols
necessary to ensure timely notification to public and nonpublic
schools when a threat is received.

Section 2 of the bill adds a new subdivision 3-a to section 2801-a of
the education law to require the school safety team to designate an
individual to notify the State Education Department in the event the
school district receives a general threat of harm against any school
or schools within the district or anywhere in the state.

JUSTIFICATION: On January 23, 2003, the New York State Police were
informed by Arkansas police officials that a general threat of a
"Columbine-type" shooting spree had been made in an Internet chat room
that would take place that day in an unspecified New York State
school. Upon notification, the NYS Education Department issued a
statewide warning of school violence to all the public school
districts across the state.

Many public schools in response, decided to put in place their
emergency response plans and "locked down" their buildings; some
canceled after-school activities as a precaution, or were on
heightened alert. Unfortunately, many nonpublic schools were not made
aware of the general threat and therefore went about the day in their
usual fashion. Some nonpublic schools did receive notification if they
were affiliated with certain organizations that were notified.

While the State Education Department had a plan in place to notify
public schools, there is no such plan for the notification of
nonpublic schools. One of the problems that came to light after this
event, was the Department does not have a listing of all nonpublic
schools. Only those nonpublic schools registered with the Department
are known entities. Therefore, the Department did not have the
capacity to notify many nonpublic schools. Administrators at these
schools did not learn of the situation until they read it in the
newspaper or heard it on their local news station.

Consequently, this bill seeks to address this situation by requiring
the Department to develop a protocol for notifying both public and
nonpublic schools, in a timely fashion, of a general threat of harm
against a school or schools. In our current climate, threats do need
to be taken seriously and all students need to be protected to the
extent possible. However, schools cannot take appropriate precautions


unless they are duly notified of a threat. Nonpublic schools can be a
target as can be a public school. It is important that a system be
established to allow for timely notification of all schools in New
York State, public and nonpublic, when a general threat of harm is
made.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.4597 of 2003/2004; Referred to Senate Education Committee
S.111/A.1817 of 2005/2006 Referred to Senate Education Committee
S.103 of 2007/2008; Referred to Senate Education Committee
S.314/A.818 of 2009/2010; Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   172

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  alerting  all  public
  and  non-public  schools of the state in the event of a general threat
  against the schools of the state

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to
read as follows:
  S  319. SCHOOL SAFETY ALERT. THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER AUTHORIZED
DESIGNEE SHALL DESIGNATE AN INDIVIDUAL TO RECEIVE  INFORMATION  RELATING
TO  A  GENERAL  THREAT OF HARM MADE AGAINST A SINGLE, MULTIPLE OR ALL OF
THE SCHOOLS OF THE STATE.  FOLLOWING THE RECEIPT  OF  SUCH  INFORMATION,
THE  COMMISSIONER  OR  HIS  OR  HER AUTHORIZED DESIGNEE SHALL NOTIFY ALL
PUBLIC AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE STATE OF THE  THREAT.  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  OR HIS OR HER AUTHORIZED DESIGNEE SHALL MAINTAIN UPDATED CONTACT
INFORMATION FOR ALL NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOCATED  WITHIN  THE  STATE,  AND
SHALL DEVELOP ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL TO ENSURE TIMELY NOTIFICATION PURSUANT
TO THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  Section  2801-a of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
  3-A. THE SCHOOL SAFETY TEAM SHALL DESIGNATE AN  INDIVIDUAL  TO  NOTIFY
THE  DEPARTMENT,  PURSUANT  TO  THE  PROVISIONS OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED
NINETEEN OF THIS CHAPTER, IN THE EVENT THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES
INFORMATION RELATING TO A GENERAL THREAT OF HARM MADE AGAINST A  SINGLE,
MULTIPLE OR ALL OF THE SCHOOLS OF THE STATE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01367-01-1

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