School Safety Drills
Public Act 12 of 2014 that went into effect on July 1, 2014 revises the number and scheduling of required school safety drills. Ten drills will be required each year:
- Five fire drills per school year. Three of which must take place by December 1. (There must be a reasonable interval between each drill.) The other two during the remainder of the school year.
- Two tornado safety drills per school year. One of which must take place in March.
- Three lockdown drills per school year, including security measures appropriate to an emergency "such as the release of hazardous material or the presence of a potentially dangerous individual on or near the premises." At least one of the drills must take place by December 1 and at least one after January 1. (There must be a reasonable interval between each drill.)
- At least one of the above-listed drills must be scheduled during lunch, recess, or at another time when a significant number of students are present, but not in classrooms.
For a list of scheduled and completed drills visit the documents and forms section of the school's webpage or click the links list on the right.