|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 04, 2020||referred to education|
senate Bill S7938
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7938 (ACTIVE) - Details
S7938 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Requires water safety instruction in schools; provides that such age appropriate instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the proper use of flotation devices, awareness of water conditions, how to respond if caught in a rip current, the proper supervision of swim areas, safe behaviors in and around the water, the importance of pool barriers and fencing, the importance of formal swim lessons, the importance of avoiding alcohol and substance use with water recreation, the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for drowning victims and the importance of the order of administering such aid.
S7938 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7938 SPONSOR: ADDABBO TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring water safety instruction in schools PURPOSE: To reduce the number of injuries and fatalities among children from drowning by requiring instruction in water safety for students in grades kindergarten through twelve in all public schools in New York State. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the education law be adding a new section 805 to require that all students in public school receive instruction in water safety in grades kindergarten through twelve. It states that age appro- priate education concerning safety measures shall be taught such as the proper use of floatation devices, awareness of water conditions, and
S7938 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7938 I N S E N A T E March 4, 2020 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 requiring water safety instruction in schools 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 805 to read as follows: § 805. INSTRUCTION IN WATER SAFETY. 1. ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES KINDER- GARTEN THROUGH TWELVE IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE STATE SHALL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION IN WATER SAFETY. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE DEFINED BY THE COMMISSIONER IN REGULATIONS AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND BE DESIGNED TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT WATER SAFETY IN GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELVE. SUCH AGE APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE PROPER USE OF FLOTATION DEVICES, AWARENESS OF WATER CONDITIONS, HOW TO RESPOND IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT, THE PROPER SUPERVISION OF SWIM AREAS, SAFE BEHAVIORS IN AND AROUND THE WATER, THE IMPORTANCE OF POOL BARRIERS AND FENCING, THE IMPORTANCE OF FORMAL SWIM LESSONS, THE IMPORTANCE OF AVOIDING ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE USE WITH WATER RECREATION, THE IMPORTANCE OF CARDIOPULMO- NARY RESUSCITATION FOR DROWNING VICTIMS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ORDER OF ADMINISTERING SUCH AID. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT FROM MAKING MODEL CURRICULUM AND RESOURCE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE. 2. THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CURRICULA FOR SUCH INSTRUCTION WHICH SHALL BE AGE APPRO- PRIATE AND DEVELOPED ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS AND ABILITIES OF PUPILS AT SUCCESSIVE GRADE LEVELS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE AWARENESS, SKILLS, INFORMA- TION, SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF WATER SAFETY AND THE PRACTICE OF WATER SAFETY BEHAVIORS AND SKILLS. § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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