PRINTER'S NO. 1231
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
869
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY MASTRIANO, STEFANO, REGAN, ARGALL, BARTOLOTTA,
LANGERHOLC, MARTIN, MENSCH, PHILLIPS-HILL, VOGEL, J. WARD,
K. WARD AND BAKER, OCTOBER 1, 2019
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, OCTOBER 1, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in terms and courses of study,
providing for moment of silence on September 11 anniversary.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1555. Moment of silence on September 11
anniversary. --(a) Beginning with school year 2020-2021 and any
subsequent school year when September 11 occurs on a school day,
each school entity shall conduct a moment of silence during
instructional hours for students and faculty to observe the
anniversary of September 11, 2001, as a remembrance of the
thousands of military service persons, government employees,
civilians and emergency responders who lost their lives or were
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wounded by terrorist attacks on that date.
(b) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Department
of Education shall make available to all school entities in-
service training programs based upon the moment of silence
provided for under subsection (a) and curriculum guidelines.
(c) The Department of Education shall provide the
guidelines, in-service training and any other materials
developed in accordance with this section to any nonpublic
school within this Commonwealth upon receiving a request from
the nonpublic school.
(d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and
regulations necessary for the implementation of this section
pursuant to the act of June 25, 1982 (P.L.633, No.181), known as
the "Regulatory Review Act."
(e) For purposes of this section, the term "school entity"
shall mean a school district, charter school, regional charter
school, cyber charter school, intermediate unit or area
vocational-technical school.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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