State law requires districts to implement multi-hazard practice drills (e.g., fire, lockdown, active shooter, or evacuation drills) and encourages or requires inter-agency coordination.
Delaware Code 14-4109 School property; health and safety requirements.
(a) Every public school shall be equipped with an adequate number of fire extinguishers and shall hold a fire drill at least once every month while the school is in session.
(b) Each board of education shall see that the requirements of subsection (a) of this section are complied with in the schools under their respective jurisdictions.
(c) Where an area of real property which is owned or administered by a school district is bounded by a wall, fence or other structure which has gates or other lockable entrances, the local board of education shall notify the nearest providers of ambulance, fire and police services of the location of such gates and entrances. The local board of education shall provide to the ambulance service, fire company or police department a key of each such enclosed area with the board’s jurisdiction. For purposes of this subsection, the words “real property” shall include all unimproved land only and shall not include buildings.
Delaware Code 29-8237 Omnibus School Safety Act
(d) Duties and responsibilities of schools and districts. -- Each school and district shall:
- (1) Create a school safety team for each school and district;
- (2) Collaborate with the Department and any relevant first responders to develop and submit to the Department a school- or district-specific CSSP;
- (3) Conduct critical incident and tabletop exercises in accordance with subsection (f) of this section hereunder; and
- (4) Collaborate with the Department and any relevant first responders in submitting revisions and updates to CSSPs, at such times and upon such circumstances as shall be warranted.
(e) Initial review and approval of CSSPs. -- Each school and district, through its school safety team, shall collaborate with the Department and any relevant first responders to develop and submit a school- or district-specific CSSP that is NIMS-compliant and is otherwise approved by the Department in accordance with the regulations adopted in connection with this section. The Department shall provide such assistance as shall be necessary in connection with the development of CSSPs, and shall coordinate schools and districts with first responders and other relevant stakeholders, including but not limited to the Capitol Police, for the development of CSSPs hereunder.