Fri. May 24th, 2024

NEW LAW WILL REQUIRE NEW MEXICO SCHOOLS TO CONDUCT AT LEAST TWO ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILLS

SANTA FE (KSMX)- As  the school year begins across the state, Senator Craig Brandt’s bill takes aim at better protecting students and school personnel by requiring an active shooter drill in schools. This will takes affect this school year.

The new law requires eight drills with at least two being active shooter drills and an evacuation drill. The remaining drills can be fire drills and emergency drills.

“Emergency drills and training builds confidence. When the teachers and school personnel know what to do in an emergency situation, the students will follow,” Senator Brandt said. “I understand some schools have already begun the training without the students in the classroom because some of the active shooter drills and shelter in place drills can benefit the teachers without scaring the younger students.”

Brandt said safety of students is paramount to him and that emergency drills are important in New Mexico public schools.  He said replacing some of the of outdated fire drills with more relevant, current day situation drills makes sense.

The recommendation to change the number and type of emergency drills came from meetings after the school shooting in Aztec in December of 2017.

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