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A01245 Summary:

BILL NO    A01245A

SAME AS    SAME AS S03254-A

SPONSOR    Lancman (MS)

COSPNSR    Nolan, Weprin, Alfano, Greene, Benedetto, Maisel, Perry, Rosenthal,
           Millman, Titone, Dinowitz, Pheffer, Castro, Camara

MLTSPNSR   Arroyo, Brennan, Clark, Cook, Diaz, Farrell, Gottfried, Meng, Towns

Add S409-j, Ed L

Enacts the "public schools emergency alert act"; requires the chancellor of a
city school district in a city with a population of one million or more to
implement an emergency alert notification system in order to notify and advise
parents or persons in parental relation, faculty, staff and elected
representatives of incidents posing a threat to the health or safety of such
persons.
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A01245 Actions:

BILL NO    A01245A

01/07/2009 referred to education
02/04/2009 reported referred to ways and means
02/11/2009 reported 
02/19/2009 advanced to third reading cal.83
03/16/2009 amended on third reading 1245a
03/23/2009 passed assembly
03/23/2009 delivered to senate
03/23/2009 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
04/28/2009 SUBSTITUTED FOR S3254A
04/28/2009 3RD READING CAL.210
05/05/2009 PASSED SENATE
05/05/2009 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
05/07/2009 delivered to governor
05/19/2009 signed chap.31
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A01245 Votes:

A01245A03/23/2009 143/0
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AlfanoYCamaraEREspaillYHyer SpYMayersoYQuinnYStirpeY
AmedoreYCanestrYFarrellYJacobsYMcDonouYRabbittYSweeneyY
ArroyoYCarrozzYFieldsYJaffeeYMcEnenyYRaiaYTediscoY
AubryYCastroERFinchYJeffrieYMcKevitYRamosYThieleY
BacalleYChristeERFitzpatYJohnYMengYReilichYTitoneY
BallYClarkYGabryszYJordanYMillerYReillyYTitusY
BarclayYColtonYGalefYKavanagYMillmanYRive J YTobaccoY
BarraYConteYGanttYKellnerYMolinarYRive N ERTownsY
BarronYCookYGianariYKolbYMorelleYRive PMYTownsenY
BenedetYCorwinYGiglioYKoonYNolanYRobinsoYWalkerY
BenjamiYCrouchYGlickYLancmanYOaksYRosenthYWeinsteY
BingYCusickYGordonYLatimerYO'DonneYRussellYWeisenbY
BoylandYCymbrowYGottfriYLavineYO'MaraYSaladinYWeprinY
BoyleYDelMontYGreeneYLentolYOrtizERSaywardYWrightY
BradleyYDenDekkYGuntherYLiftonYParmentYScarborYZebrowsY
BrennanYDestitoYHawleyYLope PDYPaulinYSchimelYMr SpkrY
BrodskyYDiazYHayesYLope VJYPeoplesYSchimmiY
Brook KYDinowitYHeastieYLupardoYPeraltaYSchroedY
BurlingYDupreyYHevesiYMageeYPerryYScozzafY
ButlerYEddingtYHikindERMagnareYPhefferYSeminerY

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A01245 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1245A

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the education law, in relation to enact-
ing the "public schools emergency alert act"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:

This bill would require New York City to establish an emergency alert
notification system at each of its public schools using a combination of
text messages, emails and phone calls in order to provide staff, parents
and the community notification and instructions in emergency situations
occurring within public school buildings. The cost to establish such a
system is minimal, particularly insofar as New York City has the poten-
tial to plug into the existing NY-Alert system run by the New York State
Emergency Management Office.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Adds section 409-j to the Education Law, requiring New York City to
establish an emergency alert notification system at each of its public
schools, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Chancellor, using a
combination of text messages, emails and phone calls in order to provide
staff, parents and members of the community who choose to receive such
alerts notification and instructions in emergency situations occurring
within public school buildings.  Participation by staff, parents and
community residents is voluntary.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is essential that parents, staff and the community be given notice
and instructions in the event of an emergency in our public schools.
Text message, email and phone based emergency notification systems have
proved critical in containing emergencies and preserving public safety.
The campus massacre at Virginia Tech, where students walked about the
campus unaware that a fellow student was walking around on a shooting
spree, proved that a dependable system for disseminating information
efficiently during on-campus emergencies is necessary to protect
students, faculty and staff during incidents which pose a threat to
their safety and health. St. John's University recently successfully
deployed a text message based alert system to alert and instruct
students, faculty and staff when a gunman was discovered on the univer-
sity's Queens campus. Almost every SUNY and CUNY campus has or is imple-
menting an emergency alert notification system. New York State's NY-A-
lert program has over one million enrollees. New York City is conducting
a pilot community alert system (Notify NYC) in four neighborhoods.

The lack of such a system for New York City public schools caused
parents tremendous anxiety recently when three public schools on a
shared campus in Glen Oaks, Queens, were "locked down" after a threaten-
ing letter was discovered on campus. Parents arrived to pick up their
children to discover the lockdown and had little or no information on
what was happening. Parents waiting for their children to arrive home or

at bus stops had no idea where their children were.  Thankfully, the
emergency turned out to be a hoax, but the anxiety which parents
suffered was real. Had it not been a hoax, parents and the community
could have been at risk for lack of information and instructions.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Passed Assembly in 2008.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal. The software and administrative support necessary to establish
and maintain an emergency alert notification system is relatively inex-
pensive, particularly for an organization as large as the New York City
Department of Education, and in any event the Department has the poten-
tial to piggy-back onto the existing NY-Alert system run by the State
Emergency Management Office or the Notify NYC emergency alert system
currently being tested by the New York City Office of Emergency Manage-
ment.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately, although New York City is given until the start of the
2009-2010 school year to have the system up and running.
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A01245 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                        1245--A
                                                                Cal. No. 83

                              2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 7, 2009
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. LANCMAN, NOLAN, WEPRIN, ALFANO, GREENE, BENEDET-
         TO, MAISEL, PERRY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CLARK -- read once
         and referred to the Committee on Education -- reported from committee,
         advanced to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,  retaining
         its place on the order of third reading

       AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "public
         schools emergency alert act"

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1.  This  act  shall be known and may be cited as the "public
    2  schools emergency alert act".
    3    S 2. The education law is amended by adding a  new  section  409-j  to
    4  read as follows:
    5    S 409-J. EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS; CITIES
    6  WITH  A  POPULATION  OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST,
    7  TWO THOUSAND TEN, A CITY SCHOOL  DISTRICT  LOCATED  IN  A  CITY  OF  ONE
    8  MILLION  OR  MORE  INHABITANTS  SHALL, PURSUANT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS
    9  PROMULGATED BY THE CHANCELLOR OF SUCH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND  CONSIST-
   10  ENT  WITH  SECTION TWENTY-EIGHT HUNDRED ONE-A OF THIS CHAPTER, IMPLEMENT
   11  AN EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION  SYSTEM  TO  CONVEY  TIMELY  INFORMATION
   12  CONCERNING  EMERGENCY INCIDENTS OR OCCURRENCES, AS DEFINED BY SUCH CHAN-
   13  CELLOR, THAT POSE AN IMMINENT THREAT  TO  THE  HEALTH  OR  SAFETY  OF  A
   14  SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF AT A PARTICULAR EDUCA-
   15  TIONAL  FACILITY  OR PROGRAM.   SUCH EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
   16  SHALL EMPLOY A VARIETY OF COMMUNICATION METHODS INCLUDING THE  AUTOMATED
   17  DELIVERY  OF TEXT MESSAGES, PHONE CALLS AND/OR ELECTRONIC MAIL AND SHALL
   18  NOTIFY AND ADVISE PARENTS OR  PERSONS  IN  PARENTAL  RELATION,  FACULTY,
   19  STAFF,  AND  ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, WHO VOLUNTEER TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY
   20  ALERT NOTIFICATIONS.
   21    S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD01058-02-9
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