We are nearly at the end of the school year. It is our first year of compliance with the state’s new school drill law which became effective July 1, 2014. Public Act 12 of 2014 amended the state fire code to require that schools conduct a specified number of drills at certain times of year and report that to their local authorities and on their websites.
Now required are a total of 10 annual drills:
- 5 fire drills with 3 before Dec 1st of each year
- 3 lock down drills
- 2 severe weather drills with 1 in March
As with anything new it took us some time to work with our schools to get these done efficiently. Officer Bryan Chubb, our School Resource Officer, has done a great job of securing compliance. He visited each school and talked with them and then helped conduct the lock down drills in particular. Those drills work best when they are done in cooperation with police to coordinate with our response policies.
As of today, all of our schools are in compliance! That includes our public schools and our private schools. Two small private schools we didn’t even know existed until this law passed are now included as compliant.
The new law also requires that schools have portable defibrillators and CPR training for some individuals on the faculty.
We realize how important it is that our children be safe when they go to school so we place a high priority on the drill completion and work with our local school officials to accomplish that goal.