Senate Bill S6537

2023-2024 Legislative Session

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

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S6537 (ACTIVE) - Details

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

2023-S6537 (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-S6537 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S6537 (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  S E N A T E
                              April 26, 2023
 Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed 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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