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§ 7-451. Venue-specific emergency action plans

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEducationEffective: July 1, 2022

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Elementary and Secondary Education [Titles 2-9.5] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Public Schools (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. Health and Safety of Students (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2022
MD Code, Education, § 7-451
§ 7-451. Venue-specific emergency action plans
Requirements
(a)(1) Each middle school and high school shall develop a venue-specific emergency action plan for all athletic facilities.
(2) A venue-specific emergency action plan includes:
(i) The operation and use of automatic external defibrillators in accordance with § 7-425 of this subtitle;
(ii) Heat acclimatization in accordance with § 7-434 of this subtitle; and
(iii) Coordination of care for other emergent injuries, including cervical spinal injury, concussion and closed head injury, major orthopedic injuries, and severe weather for outdoor facilities.
Dissemination and rehearsal
(b) A venue-specific emergency action plan developed under this section shall be:
(1) Posted at each athletic facility at the school;
(2) Available on the school's website for viewing by a student athlete's parent or guardian at the beginning of each school year;
(3) Distributed to each member of the coaching staff; and
(4) Rehearsed in person and interactively by all of the coaching staff of each sport before each of their respective seasons.
Automatic external defibrillators
(c) The provisions of a venue-specific emergency action plan for the operation and use of automatic external defibrillators shall ensure that:
(1) An automated external defibrillator is provided on-site and is located at or within a brief walk from an athletic practice or event on school property;
(2) An automated external defibrillator is freely accessible during all school functions;
(3) All members of the coaching staff are trained in the operation and use of an automated external defibrillator; and
(4) A trained member of the coaching staff is present at all athletic practices and events on school property.
Heat acclimatization
(d) The provisions of a venue-specific emergency action plan for heat acclimatization shall:
(1) Include guidelines for student athletes consistent with the Model Policy for Preseason-Practice Heat Acclimatization Guidelines for Student Athletes established under § 7-434 of this subtitle;
(2) Ensure that each school is properly prepared and equipped to initiate cold water immersion for the treatment of exertional heat stroke;
(3) Ensure that the cooling modality is readily available to student athletes at all athletic practices and events on school property;
(4) Ensure that all members of the coaching staff are trained in cold water immersion; and
(5) Ensure that a trained member of the coaching staff is present at all athletic practices and events on school property.

Credits

Added by Acts 2022, c. 212, § 1, eff. July 1, 2022.
MD Code, Education, § 7-451, MD EDUC § 7-451
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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