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.
New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:27-11.2 Evacuation drills and safety education.
(a) School administrators shall organize and conduct emergency exit drills at least twice within the school year for all students who are transported to and from school.
- All other students shall receive school bus evacuation instruction at least once within the school year. (b) The school bus driver and bus aide shall participate in the emergency exit drills.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:41-1 Fire, school security drills [Effective in 2017-2018 school year].
Every principal of a school of two or more rooms, or of a school of one room, when located above the first story of a building, shall have at least one fire drill and one school security drill each month within the school hours, including any summer months during which the school is open for instructional programs, and shall require all teachers of all schools, whether occupying buildings of one or more stories, to keep all doors and exits of their respective rooms and buildings unlocked during the school hours, except during an emergency lockdown or an emergency lockdown drill. Where school buildings have been provided with fire escapes, they shall be used by a part or all of the pupils performing every fire drill. An actual fire or school security emergency that occurs at a school during the month and that includes activities which are the equivalent of a drill shall be considered a drill for the purposes of meeting the requirements of this section. A law enforcement officer shall be present at a minimum of one school security drill in each school year in order to make recommendations on any improvements or changes to school security drill procedures that the officer may deem advisable.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:41-6 “School security drill” defined. [Effective in 2017-2018 school year].
As used in this act: “School security drill” means an exercise, other than a fire drill, to practice procedures that respond to an emergency situation including, but not limited to, a bomb threat, non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation and that is similar in duration to a fire drill.
School Climate Strategy Resource Guide
Document addresses emergency practice drills.