Alyssa’s Law addresses the issue of law enforcement response time when a life-threatening emergency occurs. The law calls for the installation of warning lights and a panic alarm in schools to provide the fastest possible support during a code red. In a code red, every second counts. Alyssa's Law has now been passed in the state of New Jersey and a bill has been filed on the state of Florida. Petitions have been started to ensure the Alyssa Law gets passed at the national level.
The Alyssa Law was named after 14 year old Alyssa Alhadeff, who lost her life in the Stoneman Douglas School shooting. Investigation of the tragedy found that insufficient response time was found to be a contributing factor in the loss of life. The Alyssa Law would require all public elementary and secondary schools to install either silent panic alarms or alternative emergency mechanisms approved by The Department of Education. To learn more about Alyssa's Law and the organization behind it, visit the Make Our Schools Safe website.
The bill is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 murdered during the 2018 attack at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Section 1. Title 15, chapter 1, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-160.01, to read:
15-160.01. Panic alarms; alternative emergency mechanisms; rules; definition
A. EXCEPT AS PRESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION D OF THIS SECTION, EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST ONE PANIC ALARM FOR USE IN A SCHOOL SECURITY EMERGENCY, INCLUDING A NONFIRE EVACUATION, A LOCKDOWN OR AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION. THE PANIC ALARM MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
1. BE DIRECTLY LINKED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES OR, IN THE CASE OF A SCHOOL BUILDING LOCATED IN A MUNICIPALITY IN WHICH THERE IS NO MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENT, A LOCATION DESIGNATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
2. BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY TRANSMIT A SIGNAL OR MESSAGE TO THE AUTHORITIES PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 1 OF THIS SUBSECTION ON ACTIVATION.
3. NOT BE AUDIBLE WITHIN THE SCHOOL BUILDING.
B. EACH PANIC ALARM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION MUST ADHERE TO NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED INDUSTRY STANDARDS, INCLUDING THE STANDARDS OF BOTH:
1. A NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION.
2. A GLOBAL SAFETY SCIENCE LEADER THAT PROVIDES THE EXPERTISE, INSIGHTS AND SERVICES NECESSARY TO SOLVE CRITICAL BUSINESS CHALLENGES AND HELPS CUSTOMERS ACHIEVE THEIR SAFETY, SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY GOALS, MEET QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS, MANAGE RISK AND ACHIEVE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE.
C. ONLY A PERSON THAT IS LICENSED TO ENGAGE IN THE ALARM BUSINESS MAY INSTALL A PANIC ALARM REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
D. A PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY EQUIP ITS BUILDINGS WITH AN EMERGENCY MECHANISM THAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO A PANIC ALARM IF THE MECHANISM IS APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
E. A PORTION OF ANY MONIES RECEIVED FOR SCHOOL SAFETY MUST BE USED TO FUND THE FULL COST OF THE PANIC ALARMS OR ALTERNATIVE EMERGENCY MECHANISMS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL THAT, BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, INSTALLED A PANIC ALARM OR ALTERNATIVE EMERGENCY MECHANISM APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR THOSE COSTS.
F. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL ADOPT RULES TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION.
G. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "PANIC ALARM" MEANS A SILENT SECURITY SYSTEM SIGNAL GENERATED BY MANUALLY ACTIVATING A DEVICE INTENDED TO SIGNAL A LIFE-THREATENING OR EMERGENCY SITUATION REQUIRING A RESPONSE FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Sec. 2. Short title
This act may be cited as "Alyssa's Law".
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Being involved with school safety is on every parents mind. You can help to make certain that YOUR SCHOOL is implementing this life-saving critical incident response technology by encouraging your school to reach out to us to schedule a free demonstration.
A petition has been started to ensure the Alyssa Law gets passed at the national level. The law was passed in New Jersey earlier this year and implemented for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. State Representative Michael Gottlieb has sponsored the bill and will need the legislature to agree to allow alarms in schools.
The public can help bring Alyssa's Law through to the national level by signing the petition using the link below. The petition has a goal of 10,000 signatures.
To sign the petition CLICK HERE
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After careful investigation of the Parkland, FL shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, insufficient emergency response time was found to be a major contributing factor in the loss of life that day. With ASR alert systems, response time can be SIGNIFICANTLY shorter, more rapid, and wholly more efficient. ASR is currently offering special deals in compliance with Alyssa's Law.
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