Assembly Bill 1653 – Requires An Interscholastic Athletic Program’s Written Emergency Plan To Include Heat Illness And Concussion Procedures

CATEGORY: Public Education Matters
CLIENT TYPE: Public Education
DATE: Dec 06, 2023

If a school district or charter school elects to offer any interscholastic athletic program, the governing entity must ensure that there is a written emergency action plan in place that describes the location of emergency equipment procedures personnel must follow if there is a sudden cardiac arrest or other medical emergency during the athletic program’s activities or events.

This bill requires the written emergency action plan to include heat illness and concussion procedures.  By July 1, 2024, the written emergency plan must also describe the manner and how often such procedures will be rehearsed.  The procedures must be based on the training required under Education Code Section 35179.1, subd. (c)(6).  The bill also requires the California Interscholastic Federation, in consultation with the State Department of Education, to develop guidelines, procedures, and safety standards for the prevention and management of exertional heat illness, no later than July 1, 2024.

(AB 1653 amends Education Code Section 35179.)

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