Wasserman Schultz Praises Miami-Dade Public Schools For Offering Swim Lessons

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Washington, DC, October 15, 2015 | comments
I commend the Miami-Dade Public Schools and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on their innovative work to prevent childhood drownings. In Florida, pools are as common as palm trees, and drownings hold the unfortunate distinction as the leading cause of accidental deaths among young children ages one to four.
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Wasserman Schultz Praises Miami-Dade Public Schools For Offering Swim Lessons

 U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement:

“I commend the Miami-Dade Public Schools and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on their innovative work to prevent childhood drownings. 

“In Florida, pools are as common as palm trees, and drownings hold the unfortunate distinction as the leading cause of accidental deaths among young children ages one to four. 

“Smartly, Miami-Dade Public Schools are meeting the most vulnerable children where they are, giving swim lessons by setting up portable pools at schools in zip codes which have the highest number of accidental drownings or near drownings. 

“When I was in the state legislature, we worked to bring swim lessons into the school day in Broward through a program that now reaches children in over 180 elementary schools, and I’m pleased to see more programs are now reaching South Florida’s children.

“We know that a child who is more comfortable around the water is safer around the water, and that teaching children how to swim saves lives. Children’s pool safety is a public health issue everyone should support, and I thank all those at Miami-Dade Public Schools for being leaders in our community on this important issue for our children.”

Rep. Wasserman Schultz has been involved in drowning prevention and pool and spa safety throughout her career and authored the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which was signed into law in December 2007. This was the first federal pool and spa safety legislation signed into law in our nation’s history, requiring all public pools and spas to have safe drain covers, educating the public on how to prevent unintentional drownings, and creating a grant program to help municipalities enhance their pool safety efforts at the local level.

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Contact:

Sean Bartlett, Sean.Bartlett@mail.house.gov, 202.225.7931

Geoff Burgan, Geoff.Burgan@mail.house.gov, 202.225.7931

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