A-1608

Janet’s Law - Requires a defibrillator be accessible on public school grounds. 

The New Jersey Education Association supports A-1608 sponsored by Assemblyman Bramnick, known as “Janet’s Law.”  The bill requires public school districts to ensure that an automated external defibrillator (AED) is made available in an unlocked location on school property, which is accessible during the school day and any other time in which a school-sponsored athletic event or team practice, in which pupils of the district are participating. 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in this country and often strikes without warning.  SCA kills between 7,000 – 10,000 children each year.  An electrical impulse from an AED can restart the heart into a normal rhythm if defibrillated within the first minute of SCA, survival chances are close to 90 percent.  When it is used within the first 3-5 minutes of SCA, survival is close to 75 percent. 

The tragic death of Janet Zilinski shows what is likely to happen when an AED is not available.  This year in New Jersey alone there have been several cases of SCA where use of an AED might have saved lives.  NJEA believes we must move this legislation and establish this program in schools and in communities without delay. 

NJEA urges the Committee to vote “yes” on A-1608.