Bills tackling different sides of student safety progress to Senate

Schools will be required to include procedures to respond to active shooter situations, and school buses must have seatbelts by 2035 under a pair of bills that passed the Assembly recently. Under AB 1747, schools would be required to conduct annual active shooter drills in addition to including active shooter procedures in their safety plans.

While many schools do conduct such drills, some face challenges in preparing and responding to incidents of school violence, including active shootings. According to a state audit conducted last year, state law does not require schools to include procedures for responding to active shooter events in their school safety plans and that, as a result, too many schools failed to include such provisions.

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