Maine - Multi-hazard Practice Drills: Program Requirements

Program Requirement
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State law requires districts to implement multi-hazard practice drills (e.g., fire, lockdown, active shooter, or evacuation drills) without requiring inter-agency coordination.

Code of Maine Department of Education, Chapter 125 Basic approval standards: public schools and school administrative units, 05.071.125

Section 10 School health and safety services

10.02 Emergency Procedures

To protect the safety of students and personnel, each school administrative unit shall develop a Crisis Response Plan to deal with crises and potential crisis situations including violent acts by or against students or other persons in each school. The Plan shall include the designation of an adult responsible on site during an emergency. The unit will work with local public safety, mental health, and law enforcement officials in developing this plan, which will be included in the unit’s Comprehensive Education Plan.

  • A) Emergency Evacuation Drills Schools are required to conduct lockdown drills as well as emergency evacuation drills. Written procedures for emergency evacuation drills shall be posted in all buildings. Schools at all levels K-12 are required to hold two drills during the first two weeks of school. Schools enrolling grades K-4 shall hold an additional eight drills during the year; schools enrolling grades 5-8, an additional six drills; schools enrolling grades 9-12, an additional four drills. Schools enrolling any combinations of these grade levels shall hold the additional number of drills required of the lowest grade level within the span, except that the local fire chief may increase the number of drills required. Results shall be recorded and deficiencies noted and corrected using forms provided by the Department. School personnel shall receive an annual orientation in this procedure.
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