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.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.245. Annual review and update of plan; maintenance, posting and distribution of plan; annual training for school employees in responding to crisis or emergency; acceptance of gifts and grants.
(h) At least once each year, provide training in responding to a crisis and training in responding to an emergency to each employee of the school district or of the charter school, including, without limitation, training concerning drills for evacuating and securing schools.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.253. Department: Development of model plan for management of a suicide or a crisis or emergency; requirements for model plan; authorized dissemination of plans prepared by Department and development committee; annual review and update of model plan. [Effective July 1, 2018.]
- The Department shall, with assistance from other state agencies, including, without limitation, the Division of Emergency Management, the Investigation Division, and the Nevada Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety, develop a model plan for the management of: (a) A suicide; or (b) A crisis or emergency that involves a public school or a private school and that requires immediate action.
- The model plan must include, without limitation, a procedure for: (f) On an annual basis, providing drills to instruct pupils in the appropriate procedures to be followed in response to a crisis or an emergency. Such drills must occur: (1) At different times during normal school hours; and (2) In cooperation with other state agencies, pursuant to this section.
Nevada Revised Statutes 392.450. Drills to instruct pupils in appropriate procedures to be followed in event of lockdown or emergency; approval of drills; posting of escape routes; enforcement; penalty.
- The board of trustees of each school district and the governing body of each charter school shall provide drills for the pupils in the schools in the school district or the charter schools at least once each month during the school year to instruct those pupils in the appropriate procedures to be followed in the event of a lockdown, fire or other emergency. Not more than three of the drills provided pursuant to this subsection may include instruction in the appropriate procedures to be followed in the event of a chemical explosion, related emergencies and other natural disasters. At least one-half of the drills provided pursuant to this subsection must include instruction in appropriate procedures to be followed in the event of a lockdown.
- In all cities or towns, the drills required by subsection 1 must be approved by the chief of the fire department of the city or town, if the city or town has a regularly organized, paid fire department or voluntary fire department, and must be conducted in accordance with any applicable fire code and any direction from the State Fire Marshal. In addition, the drills in each school must be conducted under the supervision of the: (a) Person designated for this purpose by the board of trustees of the school district or the governing body of a charter school in a county whose population is less than 100,000; or (b) Emergency manager designated pursuant to NRS 388.262 in a county whose population is 100,000 or more.
- A diagram of the approved escape route and any other information related to the drills required by subsection 1 which is approved by the chief of the fire department or, if there is no fire department, the State Fire Marshal must be kept posted in every classroom of every public school by the principal or teacher in charge thereof.
- The principal, teacher or other person in charge of each school building shall: (a) Cause the provisions of this section to be enforced; and (b) Ensure the drills provided pursuant to subsection 1 occur at different times during normal school hours.
- Any violation of the provisions of this section is a misdemeanor.
- As used in this section, “lockdown” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 388.2343.