Assembly Bill A6665

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to the frequency and implementation of lock-down drills in schools

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Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
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    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
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2023-A6665 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §807, Ed L

2023-A6665 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Decreases the frequency of lock-down drills in schools; directs that such drills shall be implemented with a trauma-informed approach; permits parents to opt their children out of such drills.

2023-A6665 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              April 26, 2023
 Introduced  by  M. of A. SIMON, EPSTEIN -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Education
 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to lock-down drills

   Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  807 of the education law, as
 amended by section 2 of part B of chapter 54 of the  laws  of  2016,  is
 amended to read as follows:
   1.  It shall be the duty of the principal or other person in charge of
 every public or private school or  educational  institution  within  the
 state,  other  than  colleges or universities, to instruct and train the
 pupils by means of drills, so that they may in  a  sudden  emergency  be
 able  to respond appropriately in the shortest possible time and without
 confusion or panic. Such drills shall be held  at  least  [twelve]  NINE
 times in each school year, [eight] SIX of which required drills shall be
 held  between  September  first  and  December thirty-first of each such
 year. Eight of all such drills shall be evacuation drills, four of which
 shall be through use of the fire escapes on buildings where fire escapes
 are provided or through the use of identified secondary means of egress.
 [Four of all such] ONE required [drills]  DRILL  shall  be  A  lock-down
 [drills]  DRILL.    Drills  shall be conducted at different times of the
 school day. Pupils shall be instructed in the procedure to  be  followed
 in  the  event  that  a fire occurs during the lunch period or assembly,
 provided however, that such additional instruction may be waived where a
 drill is held during the regular school lunch period or  assembly.  Four
 additional  drills  shall  be  held in each school year during the hours
 after sunset and before sunrise in school buildings  in  which  students
 are  provided  with  sleeping  accommodations.  At  least two additional
 drills shall be held during summer  school  in  buildings  where  summer
 school  is  conducted,  and  one of such drills shall be held during the
 first week of summer school.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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