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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 14, 2019 11:22 AM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Alternating School Security Drills with Fire Drills
Last session, Pennsylvania enacted Act 55 allowing school buildings to have one school security drill per school year. Security drills are an unfortunate necessity meant to train students, teachers, administrators, law enforcement and emergency management personnel to act in a coordinated manner in case of an attack.

While the new law is necessary, a once a year security drill is insufficient for the school. When trouble strikes each person needs to know their part and to act quickly and decisively. This can only be accomplished by repetition. It clearly makes sense to have security drills as often as fire drills.

The new law will require school security drills to alternate with fire drills. In addition, at least once per year the school will request assistance from local law enforcement and emergency management agency before conducting the school security drill.

Last session this was HB 2259.

Please support this effort to step up available measures to protect our kids in case of an attack.

Introduced as HB708