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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
March 7, 2022

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals:

Senate Bill 722: Pupil Safety, Swimming Pools, Adult Presence, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training

Swimming pool drowning is the second leading cause of injury death for youth ages one to fourteen, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following law has new required safety measures and practices to be implemented to prevent injury or accidental drowning while in or around a swimming pool.

Senate Bill (SB) 722, also known as Alex’s Law, now requires:

  • A school district or charter school that elects to sponsor or host, in or around a swimming pool, an on-campus event that is not part of an interscholastic athletic program, to have at least one adult with a valid certification of cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to be present throughout the duration of the event.

  • The presence of an adult with cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, as mandated by the California Interscholastic Federation coaching education program requirements, would satisfy this requirement.

Information regarding SB 722, including full text of the legislation and links to resources, can be found on the California Legislative Information web page at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB722&showamends=false.

If you have any questions regarding Alex’s Law, please contact the Professional Learning Support and Monitoring Office by email at PLSMO@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Last Reviewed: Monday, March 7, 2022

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