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Rhode Island General Laws 16-21-5.1. Carbon monoxide detectors required in school buildings


Effective January 1, 2019, all school buildings where students are in attendance for any portion of the day shall be required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) Code and the state fire safety code (“state code”), chapter 28.1 of Title 23. The fire safety code board of appeal and review (the “board”) established pursuant to chapter 28.3 of Title 23 shall have authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to enforce the provisions of this section. Provided, in the event the state fire marshal determines that neither the NFPA code nor the state code have provisions in place to govern the installation, then the state fire marshal may use the provisions of NFPA Code 1/NFPA 101, 2015 editions, NFPA Code 720, 2012 edition, the state fire code, and any additional requirements provided under those codes for licensed nursery or daycare services, as guidance in the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools, until such time as the board promulgates applicable rules and regulations.

History of Section.
P.L. 2018, ch. 117, § 1; P.L. 2018, ch. 202, § 1.

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Rhode Island General Laws 16-21.5-1. Legislative intent


(a)  Community policing and the presence of school resource officers on school campuses serve a vital role fostering a safe learning environment for pupils, faculty and staff.

(b)  In order to enable school resource officers to more effectively fulfill this role, it is the intent of the legislature to encourage them to form positive relationships with both parents and pupils who are part of the school community.

(c)  It is also vitally important that parents be given meaningful opportunity to be active and informed participants in situations involving interaction with school resource officers or other members of the law enforcement community in the school setting.

(d)  In furtherance of this objective, it is the intent of the legislature to increase the level of participation of parents when their minor children are being questioned by law enforcement in school or at a school-sponsored activity.

History of Section.
P.L. 2005, ch. 409, § 1.