DE SB233 | 2011-2012 | 146th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-5)
Status: Passed on September 10 2012 - 100% progression
Action: 2012-09-10 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


Under existing laws and regulations, school districts are required to adopt an emergency preparedness plans, but there is no requirement that such plans be school-specific or coordinated with local first responders. In addition, while some plans are comprehensive, many emergency preparedness plans are not as detailed or up-to-date as they need to be. Under this bill – the Omnibus School Safety Act – the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) will work with schools, districts and first responders to develop a comprehensive school safety plan (CSSP) for each public school and district. Each CSSP will be (1) coordinated with law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders; (2) compliant with the National Incident Management System, or “NIMS,” a framework for governments and agencies to work together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from critical incidents; and (3) specific to the particular needs and requirements of each school and district. DSHS has already gained significant expertise in this area by developing CSSPs for schools that have School Resource Officers (SROs). The Omnibus School Safety Act creates a framework for taking this concept statewide – and in the process, will create a cohesive, consistent approach to emergency response during a critical incident within a school or district. Centralization of CSSPs and coordination of state and local officials by the Department will also establish common training protocols between the emergency responders and educators and provide effective, consistent and robust emergency response.

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An Act To Amend Titles 11 And 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Comprehensive School Safety Plans


Roll Calls

2012-06-27 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2012-06-07 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 19 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2012-09-10 Signed by Governor
2012-06-27 Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 41 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2012-06-27 Necessary rules are suspended in House
2012-06-26 Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 8 On Its Merits
2012-06-12 Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House
2012-06-07 Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2012-06-07 Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 7 On Its Merits
2012-06-05 Assigned to Education Committee in Senate

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