Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 23, 2023||
referred to education
Assembly Bill A4846
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-A4846 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-A4846 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4846 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y February 23, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PHEFFER AMATO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing 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 PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE STATE SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE AND ENCOURAGE WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELVE. SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SEND HOME TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS ASYNCHRONOUS WATER SAFETY MATERIALS EACH YEAR. SUCH INSTRUCTION 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 LIFEGUARDED 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 IMPOR- TANCE 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. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT FROM MAKING MODEL CURRICULUM AND RESOURCE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR IF THEY CHOOSE TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION IN WATER SAFETY. 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 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04804-05-3
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