SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to help safeguard students and teachers during earthquakes passed the Legislature this week with unanimous bipartisan support. The legislation requires all school districts residing in seismically active areas to ensure that the contents of their classrooms, like heavy bookshelves or hanging light fixtures, comply with state earthquake safety guidelines. In the event of an earthquake, unsecured contents put students and teachers at unnecessary risk of injury or death and can block emergency responders.
“The state has invested time and resources into developing guidelines to safeguard our kids from classroom contents during earthquakes, and it’s time we put those guidelines to good use. This legislation marks an important step in making sure California schools are safe, inside and out,” said Assemblymember Dodd. “I’m thankful for the bipartisan support of my colleagues in the legislature who‘ve shown their commitment to the safety of our children and teachers.”