Drills required by NYS Education Department
1) SAVE Regulation - Schools Against Violence in Education (155.17)
(e)(1)(xiv) "policies and procedures for annual multi-hazard school safety training for staff and students;"
(e)(1)(xv) "procedures for review and the conduct of drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan, including the use of tabletop exercises, in coordination with local and county emergency responders and preparedness officials;"
(e)(2)(vii) "procedures for an annual review and the conduct of drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan, including the use of table top exercises, in coordination with local and county emergency responders and preparedness officials: and"
2) Go Home Drill
(j)"Drills. Each school district and board of cooperative educational services shall, at least once every school year, and where possible in cooperation with local county emergency preparedness plan officials, conduct one test of its emergency plan or its emergency response procedures under each of its building-level school safety plans, including sheltering or early dismissal, at a time not to occur more than 15 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time."
"(1) Parents or persons in parental relation shall be notified at least one week prior to the drill."
"(2) Such drills shall test the usefulness of the communications and transportation system during emergencies."
3) Fire Drill Frequency
"Section 807 of the Education Law mandate that the principal or other person in charge of every public or private school or educational institution within the state (except colleges and universities) must instruct and train their pupils on how to exit the building in the shortest possible time without confusion or panic. The instruction must be in the form of drills or rapid dismissals. A minimum of 12 drills must be held each school year, eight of which shall be held prior to December.
September1 - December 1 = 8
December 1 - Summer recess = 4
Total - =12
If a building is equipped with fire escapes, four of the required 12 drills must be through the use of these fire escapes. Instruction must be given to pupils in the procedure to be followed in the event a fire occurs during lunch period, unless at least one drill is held during the lunch period.
Residential schools must hold at least four additional drills after sunset and before sunrise in the building providing sleeping accommodations. Summer schools must hold at least two additional drills, one of which must be held during the first week of the summer session.
A copy of Section 807, Educations Law, must be printed in any manual or handbook in use for the guidance for teachers. Failure to comply with Section 807 is a misdemeanor punishable at the discretion of the court by a fine not to exceed $50.
(Published December 1988)"