Gov. Gary Herbert visited Copper Hills High School on Tuesday to ceremonially sign a bill started by students in an AP U.S. Government class.
SB215 Public School Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan Amendments requires schools to add a plan to notify students who are off campus doing school-related activities when the school is in a lockdown scenario so they don’t return to a potential violent emergency.
“It illustrates the point that if you get involve, you can make a difference,” Gov. Herbert told students. “You can make a change, a positive a change in your community and your surroundings.”
The government class took on the assignment to learn the process of making a law. The class used a previous experience to narrow its topic. The school was on a lockdown drill and released-time students who were off campus were not informed so when they returned to the school, the doors were locked.
Sen. Aaron Osmond agreed to sponsor the bill for the class. Osmond, who also attended the signing, said if the bill “saves just one life or protects a student from being injured,” all of the efforts were worth it.
Students in the class said they were confident with the bill they helped put together. The big surprise was not to see it pass the General Legislative Session but to have Gov. Herbert visit the school to sign it.
Ana Quintero, a junior in the government class, said it was great to see the importance of getting involved. “If you see something you don’t like, take the initiative and get involve to change it.”