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SB 390 & SB 541 Address Additional Requirements for Safety and Security

There is new legislation that will be coming into effect in the upcoming years, that will impact schools and community colleges, SB 390 and SB 541. These two legislations address additional requirements for safety and security.

SB 390 – School/Campus Security Officers and Guards

California law SB 390 mandates that by July 01, 2021 all security staff at schools and community colleges, regardless the number of hours worked, will have to complete the latest training developed by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). This training will need to be provided during regular work hours annually.

SB 541 – School Safety: Lockdown Drills

This bill requires California Department of Education to collect, and local educational agencies to provide, data pertaining to lockdown or multi-option drills conducted at school sites within school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools providing instructional services to students in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12. The Department may collect the data from a representative sample of school sites the method will be determined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Specifically, the department shall collect data including, but not limited to, all the following information:

  • The portion of school sites conducting drills and the population they serve

  • The types of drills performed and their frequency

  • Information about staff training in preparation for drills

  • Information pertaining to school site evaluations, if any, of the drill impacts

  • Information pertaining to staff and parental notifications of drills

The department shall either conduct, or contract with a nonprofit research entity to conduct, a study that identifies the best practices for age-appropriate drills, the effectiveness of lockdown or multi-option response drills in schools, and the effects drills have on pupil emotional wellbeing and emergency preparedness. The bill would require the data and the study to be submitted to the Governor and relevant policy committees of the Legislature on or before November 1, 2021, as provided.

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