Kansas legislature requires dramatic increase in public school crisis drills

July 19, 2018 - 7:38 am
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The state of Kansas is requiring a change in safety drills in its public schools that reflects a new reality.

The new rules instruct school administrators to hold 16 emergency drills throughout the school year. Part of the change is a reduction in fire drills, to four.

The changes, which took effect July 1, were not the result of an individual bill passed by the legislature. The changes come under the appropriations bill for the State Fire Marshal.  

"But then it specifically says the districts must have monthly intruder or crisis drills and continue to have three tornado drills a year," said Mark Tallman, with the Kansas Association of School Boards.

The new regulations were a late addition in Topeka, and they only last one year.

"I think we're going to want to pay attention this year, get some feedback from our members about whether this is appropriate, whether it's excessive, whether there should be variations," Tallman said.

This coming session Kansas public schools will be required to hold four fire drills, three tornado drills and nine crisis drills that include material specific to intruders and lockdowns.

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