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A08214 Summary:

COSPNSRMcMahon, Wallace, Sillitti, Burgos, Williams, Jacobson
Add §409-n, amd §2801-a, Ed L
Establishes a maximum temperature in school buildings and indoor facilities; provides a definition of extreme heat condition days and the standard to measure room temperature.
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A08214 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     August 25, 2021
        Introduced  by M. of A. JOYNER, McMAHON -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in
          accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged,  bill
          amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
          tee -- again reported from said  committee  with  amendments,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a maximum
          temperature in school buildings and indoor facilities
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  The education law is amended by adding a new section 409-n
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 409-n. Maximum temperatures in school buildings and facilities.  All
     4  common, union free, central, central high schools, city school districts
     5  and  boards  of  cooperative educational services shall develop a policy
     6  for ensuring the health  and  safety  of  students,  faculty  and  other
     7  employees, including, but not limited to, kitchen and cafeteria workers,
     8  on extreme heat condition days. For the purpose of this section, extreme
     9  heat  condition days shall be defined as days when the occupiable educa-
    10  tional and support services spaces are found to be eighty-two degrees or
    11  greater Fahrenheit. For the purpose of this  section,  support  services
    12  spaces  shall  include, but not be limited to, kitchen areas used in the
    13  preparation of food for consumption by students.   For  the  purpose  of
    14  this  section,  room temperature shall be measured at a shaded location,
    15  three feet above the floor near the center of the room. Schools shall be
    16  required to take action to relieve  heat  related  discomfort  when  the
    17  occupied space temperature reaches eighty-two degrees Fahrenheit. Educa-
    18  tional  and  support  services spaces cannot be occupied if room temper-
    19  ature reaches eighty-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 8214--B                          2
     1    § 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 2801-a of  the  education
     2  law,  as  amended  by  section  1 of part B of chapter 54 of the laws of
     3  2016, is amended to read as follows:
     4    a.  policies  and  procedures  for  response  to  emergency situations
     5  including extreme heat conditions, such as those  requiring  evacuation,
     6  sheltering,  and  lock-down. These policies shall include, at a minimum,
     7  evacuation routes, shelter sites, and procedures for addressing  medical
     8  needs,  transportation and emergency notification of parents and guardi-
     9  ans;
    10    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    11  it shall have become a law.
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