State law requires districts to implement multi-hazard practice drills (e.g., fire, lockdown, active shooter, or evacuation drills) without requiring inter-agency coordination.
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 339. Emergency Planning and Procedures
A. Each public school principal or school leader shall have written policies and procedures developed jointly with local law enforcement, fire, public safety, and emergency preparedness officials, that address the immediate response to emergency situations that may develop in the schools and comply with the requirements in R.S. 17:416.16. The principal or school leader shall:
- submit the crisis management and response plan to the local superintendent for approval;
- annually review and possibly revise the crisis management and response plan: a. when conducting the annual review of the crisis management and response plan for a high school, the school principal shall seek and consider input from the students enrolled in the school who shall be represented by either the president of the senior class or the president of the student council and at least one other responsible student selected by the principal; and
- within 30 days of each school year, conduct a safety drill to rehearse the plan. B. The school shall maintain and use contingency plans for immediate responses to emergency situations. C. The school shall establish and use procedures for reporting accidents to parents and/or the central office. D. In the absence of a principal or school leader, another individual(s) at the school shall be delegated the necessary authority to use emergency procedures. E. Procedures for the cancellation of school shall be established, communicated to students, teachers, and parents, and followed when necessary. F. The school shall establish procedures for special calls to police, fire departments, and hospitals, and practice drills shall be used to ensure the effectiveness of the procedure. G. The school shall establish procedures for the evacuation of the building in the event of fire, severe weather conditions, or bomb threats. Practice drills shall be used to ensure the effectiveness of the procedure. H. The school will establish procedures that detail the roles and responsibilities of each school employee and the relevant coordination agreements, services, and security measures of a school and provide for parent for parental notification in the event of a shooting or other violent incident or emergency situation. I. The governing authority of each public school will, as part of its school crisis management plan, develop resources, policies, procedures, and guidelines to address the potential of violence and terrorism in the schools under its jurisdiction. J. The local superintendent or chief charter school officer may dismiss any or all schools due to emergency situations, including any actual or imminent threat to public health or safety which may result in loss of life, disease, or injury; an actual or imminent threat of natural disaster, force majeure, or catastrophe which may result in loss of life, injury or damage to property; and, when an emergency situation has been declared by the governor, the state health officer, or the governing authority of the school.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:416.16 School crisis management and response plan.
C. (1) Within the first thirty days of each school year, each public school principal shall conduct a safety drill to rehearse the components of the plan. Not later than seven days after the drill, the principal shall submit a written report summarizing the details of the drill to the local superintendent. The superintendent may comment on the drill to the principal, who may consider such comments in revising the plan. (2) Each public school principal shall notify all teachers and other school employees regarding revisions made to the plan.