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EBCB-EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILLS
EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILLS
In order to protect the health and safety of students and staff and in compliance with the Maine Department of Education regulations, schools at all levels, K-12 are required to hold two emergency evacuation drills during the first two weeks of school. MSAD #11 schools housing grades K-5 will hold an additional eight emergency drills during the school year; MSAD #11 schools housing grades 6-8 an additional six emergency drills; and MSAD #11 schools housing grades 9-12 an additional four emergency drills. MSAD #11 schools housing any combinations of these grade levels will hold the additional number of emergency drills required of the lowest grade level within the span, except that the local fire chief may increase the number of drills required. Results shall be recorded and deficiencies noted and corrected.
Emergency evacuation procedures will be incorporated into the school district’s emergency management plan. Building principals may seek the advice of local fire, emergency management and law enforcement officials to identify routes that will accomplish the evacuation of their individual school buildings as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Principals shall keep a record of all emergency evacuation drills held in their schools, stating the date and time the drill was held and the time required for evacuation of the building. This information will be reported to the Superintendent or his/her designee after each drill. Fire officials will be notified before each drill.
Written procedures for emergency evacuation drills shall be posted in each classroom and in the building principal’s office.
The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for ensuring that school personnel receive an annual orientation concerning emergency evacuation procedures. The building principal will be responsible for ensuring that teachers familiarize students with designated evacuation routes prior to the first emergency evacuation drill of the school year.
BUS EVACUATION DRILLS
Maine Department of Education regulations require that, at least twice a year, students who are transported in school buses be instructed in safe riding practices and participate in emergency evacuation drills. The Director of Operations will be responsible for arranging the times and locations of such drills. Bus evacuation drills must be conducted in the school parking lot or other safe location. The Director of Operations, in consultation with the Special Services Director and/or Section 504 Coordinator, will determine appropriate evacuation procedures for students with disabilities. The first bus evacuation drill will occur within the first two weeks of the school year.
LOCK DOWN DRILLS
Some high-risk situations (e.g., intruder with weapon) may result in a lock down or partial lock down of a school rather than an evacuation. A minimum of two lock down drills will occur annually with the first drill occurring within the first month of school.
Legal Reference: Ch. 125 § 10.2 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule)
Ch. 81 § 2(B) (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rule)
Cross Reference: EBCA – Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (Crisis Response Plan)
Adopted: Prior to 1985
Revised: June 5, 1986; June 25, 1992; August 6, 1992; December 7, 2006; June 3, 2010; March 3, 2011