Defibrillator bill advances

TRENTON – A bill that would require public school districts to provide and maintain on-site at each school complex an automated external defibrillator was OK’d in the Assembly Education Committee today unanimously.

Under provisions of A1036, sponsored by Joseph Malone, (R-30), Bordentown, the board of education of the district would determine what constitutes a school complex which could be a single public school building or a group of public school buildings.

The district would make its determination based upon the grade levels of the district, distance between buildings, and the type of communication system in place in the district.

The bill also provides that the school district shall arrange for training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of a defibrillator for school nurses and any other staff members the district may designate.

The district must ensure the presence of a staff person who is certified in the operation and use of an automated external defibrillator for any school-sponsored or school approved curricular or extra-curricular event or activity which occurs at the school complex.

Finally, the bill specifies that a public school district and its employees will be immune from civil liability in accordance with current law on the use of defibrillators.

Defibrillator bill advances