Types of School Emergency Practice Drills

To prepare for an emergency, we conduct a minimum of four (4) lockdown drills and eight (8) fire drills during the school year, some announced and some unannounced, per New York State Education Department regulations. Each school has a safety plan which includes orderly procedures that will help all students remain safe.

School officials need your support in their efforts to keep everyone safe, and we appreciate the cooperation of you and your child(ren) during these drills. Please continue to have discussions with your child(ren) about the importance of these exercises.

If you have any questions regarding any of these Safety Drills or other safety concerns, please contact your school office. Each type of drill is explained below:

Fire Drills

Fire drills as required by Section 807 of the Education Law and are designed to ensure a quick and orderly evacuation of school buildings should we experience a real fire emergency. Fire drills follow a building-based evacuation procedure. We practice the evacuation process so all school employees know their respective duties and students know where to go.

Lockdown Drills

The purpose of the lockdown drill is to keep students safe from any danger inside the building. During a lockdown drill, all perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is resolved. So that everyone may remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the authorities authorize such release.

Shelter-in-Place Drills

The shelter-in-place drill is designed to protect students and staff from threats requiring shelter, such as storms and high winds, or other situations where students and staff are most secure in the classroom (i.e., not in hallways). During a shelter-in-place, all doors are closed and locked. Students and staff stay in designated interior rooms and continue their everyday activities until the situation has been resolved.