Florida Senate - 2024                                     SB 432
       By Senator Simon
       3-00857-24                                             2024432__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to cardiac and medical emergencies on
    3         school grounds; providing a short title; creating s.
    4         1003.457, F.S.; requiring each public school to have
    5         at least one automated external defibrillator on
    6         school grounds; providing requirements for such
    7         defibrillators; encouraging public schools to have a
    8         sufficient number of defibrillators on school grounds,
    9         as determined by the Department of Education, to allow
   10         a person to retrieve one within a specified timeframe;
   11         encouraging each public school to establish public and
   12         private partnerships and seek gifts, grants, and other
   13         donations for specified purposes; encouraging each
   14         charter school and private school to have at least one
   15         defibrillator on school grounds and to comply with
   16         specified requirements; authorizing such schools to
   17         utilize specified state contracts; requiring such
   18         schools to be provided with certain protocols and
   19         plans; providing immunity from liability for school
   20         employees and students under the Good Samaritan Act
   21         and the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act; requiring the
   22         Department of Education to enter into statewide
   23         contracts for specified purposes; requiring the
   24         Commissioner of Education, at his or her sole
   25         discretion, to create and disseminate specified
   26         protocols and plans relating to the use of
   27         defibrillators in schools; requiring the State Board
   28         of Education to adopt rules; providing an effective
   29         date.
   31  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   33         Section 1. This act may be cited as the “HeartCharged Act.”
   34         Section 2. Section 1003.457, Florida Statutes, is created
   35  to read:
   36         1003.457Automated external defibrillators on school
   37  grounds.—
   38         (1)(a)In addition to the requirements of s. 1006.165, each
   39  public school must have at least one operational automated
   40  external defibrillator on school grounds. Each defibrillator
   41  must be stored in a location that is easily accessible to anyone
   42  at any time during the school day and any other time students
   43  are on school grounds, including outside of the school year.
   44  Such defibrillator may not be placed in the school’s athletic
   45  facilities. Each defibrillator must have appropriate
   46  accompanying signage, including, but not limited to, signage at
   47  the defibrillator’s exact location directing responders to the
   48  building or room where the defibrillator is routinely kept. Each
   49  defibrillator and all of its components must be maintained
   50  according to the manufacturer’s instructions and kept in proper
   51  working order. Each school is encouraged to have or work towards
   52  acquiring and placing a sufficient number of defibrillators on
   53  school grounds, as determined by the Department of Education, to
   54  allow a person to retrieve a defibrillator within 3 minutes
   55  after a cardiac or medical emergency in which the use of a
   56  defibrillator is needed anywhere on school grounds. Each school
   57  is encouraged to establish public and private partnerships and
   58  seek grants, gifts, and other donations to cover the costs
   59  associated with the purchase, placement, and training in the use
   60  of a defibrillator.
   61         (b)Each charter school and private school is encouraged to
   62  have at least one operational defibrillator on school grounds
   63  and to meet the requirements of paragraph (a). A charter or
   64  private school that elects to comply with this section may
   65  utilize the statewide contracts under subsection (3) and will be
   66  provided with all protocols for the deployment and
   67  administration of defibrillators in schools, as disseminated
   68  pursuant to subsection (4).
   69         (2)The use of defibrillators or cardiopulmonary
   70  resuscitation are immune from civil liability, pursuant to ss.
   71  768.13 and 768.1325, also known as the Good Samaritan Act and
   72  the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, respectively.
   73         (3)The Department of Education shall enter into statewide
   74  contracts for defibrillators, pursuant to the updated
   75  technologies and conveniences of available defibrillators on the
   76  market, to provide statewide discounts to schools and school
   77  districts.
   78         (4)The Commissioner of Education, at his or her sole
   79  discretion, shall create and disseminate all of the following:
   80         (a)The protocols for the deployment and administration of
   81  defibrillators in schools.
   82         (b)A comprehensive emergency action plan for the use of a
   83  defibrillator.
   84         (c)An education plan, which must include annual training
   85  for school employees and students in the use of a defibrillator.
   86         (5)The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
   87  administer this section, including those necessary for the
   88  protocols and plans created and disseminated under subsection
   89  (4).
   90         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.