The Fire Prevention Code requires that local school districts, ISDs, and PSAs that operate any grades from kindergarten to grade 12 conduct various school safety drills throughout the school year. These drills include:
At least one of the ten required drills must be conducted during a lunch or recess period or at another time when a significant number of students are gathered outside of their classrooms (e.g., during an assembly). Drills must not be conducted at a time that would interfere with a state-mandated assessment.
The school’s chief administrator must provide the county emergency management coordinator with a list of the scheduled school safety drill days for each school building by September 15 of each school year. If a scheduled drill is not held as scheduled due to conditions outside of school officials’ control (e.g., severe weather, power outage), the school must reschedule the drill to occur within 10 school days after the canceled drill and notify the county emergency management coordinator of the rescheduled date.
The school’s board must ensure that documentation of a completed safety drill is posted on its website within 30 days after the drill is completed and maintained on the website for at least three years. The documentation must include all of the following information:
Violations of the Fire Prevention Code are a misdemeanor, so school officials should take care to comply with these requirements.