It is the intent of the Legislature that children attending private schools be afforded life safety protection similar to that of children attending public schools by having all of the following:

(a) Private school structures designed and constructed in a manner that minimizes fire hazards and resists the forces generated by earthquakes, gravity, and winds to the extent necessary to ensure the safety of occupants.

(b) The structural systems and details set forth in working drawings and specifications carefully reviewed by responsible enforcement agencies using qualified personnel, and the construction process carefully inspected.

(c) Procedures for the design and construction of private school structures to be subjected to qualified design review and construction inspection.

(d) Nonstructural components, including, but not limited to, ceiling systems, electrical equipment, and mechanical equipment given adequate consideration during the design and construction process to assure that they will not detract from occupant safety in the event of an earthquake.

(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 277, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1997. Operative January 1, 1998.)