Public Act 12 of 2014, takes effect July 1, 2014, and updates the types of drills schools must conduct and requires school districts to post documentation of completed safety drills on their websites within 5 days of completion. The detailed reports must remain online for at least three years.
Schools are required to complete the following safety drills each year:
- Conduct five fire safety drills spaced throughout a school year, with three before Dec. 1. There must be a “reasonable” interval between each drill.
- Hold two tornado safety drills, including one in March.
- Stage three “lockdown” drills, which prepare for possible school intruders. One of the three drills must be conducted during a lunch-recess period.
One of the three drills must be conducted before December 1st.
One of the three drills must be conducted after January 1st.