This Policy is under review.

223P - Safety Drills

Last Updated Date: 06/25/2024

Adoption Date: 08/19/2003

Revision History: 07/19/2016, 04/17/2018, 06/18/2019, 06/16/2020, 06/15/2021, 0625/2024

Fire Drills

Each school shall hold fire drills during the school session in accordance with the requirements of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (Virginia Code § 27-94 et seq.).  Evacuation routes for students are posted in each room.  No fire drills shall be conducted during periods of mandatory testing required by the Board of Education.
 

Lock-Down Drills

Each school shall hold a lock-down drill at least once during the first 20 days of each school session and one additional lock-down drill after the first 60 days of the school session. Each school provides parents of enrolled students with at least 24 hours’ notice before the school conducts any lock-down drill. Such notice is not required to include the exact date and time of the lock-down drill.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lock-down drills during the first 60 days of the school session. The Superintendent develops procedures to implement such exemption. Each pre-kindergarten and kindergarten student participates in each lock-down drill after the first 60 days of each school session
 

Tornado Drills

There shall be at least one tornado drill every school year in every school. 

School Bus Emergency Drills

Each school having school buses shall hold a drill in leaving school buses under emergency circumstances at least once during the first 90 calendar days of each school session and more often, if necessary.

Emergency Situations

In addition to the drills mentioned above, training shall be provided to each student and employee at least once each school year on safety procedures in the event of an emergency situation on school property.

 

Legal Reference(s):

Code of Virginia 1950, as amended, Section(s) 22.1-137, 22.1-137.1, 22.1-137.2, 22.1-184
Acts 2006, c. 164.
8VAC 20-131-260

Cross Reference(s):

221P - School Crisis, Emergency Management and Medical Emergency Response Plan

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