Senate File 70 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to school building emergency operations plans
2by authorizing investigations of unplanned fire alarm
3activations prior to initiation of regular evacuation and
4safety procedures.
5BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 280.30, Code 2019, is amended by adding
2the following new subsection:
3   NEW SUBSECTION.  3.  a.  The board of directors of a school
4district and the authorities in charge of an accredited
5nonpublic school may include as part of an emergency operations
6plan a requirement that school personnel barricade or block a
7door for a period not to exceed three minutes in the event of
8an unplanned fire alarm activation in order for a designated
9school official to investigate the alarm. The school shall
10initiate regular evacuation and safety procedures after the
11three-minute period expires. The period may be extended if an
12active shooter has been verified to be on school property.
   13b.  The state fire marshal, in consultation with the
14department of education, shall provide written guidance to each
15school district and accredited nonpublic school describing how
16a school can apply current fire safety requirements for an
17unplanned fire alarm activation in order to provide security
18to students and school personnel in the event of a potential
19active shooter situation. The written guidance may be provided
20in an electronic format.
21EXPLANATION
22The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
23the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   24This bill authorizes school boards and authorities in
25charge of accredited nonpublic schools to include as part of
26a school building emergency operations plan a requirement
27that school personnel barricade or block a door for a period
28not to exceed three minutes in the event of an unplanned fire
29alarm activation in order for a designated school official to
30investigate the alarm. The school is required to initiate
31evacuation and safety procedures after the three-minute period
32expires, but the period may be extended if an active shooter
33has been verified to be on school property.
   34The bill requires the state fire marshal, in consultation
35with the department of education, to provide written guidance
-1-1to each school district and accredited nonpublic school
2describing how a school can apply current fire safety
3requirements for an unplanned fire alarm activation in order to
4provide security to students and school personnel in the event
5of a potential active shooter situation.
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