Training, Drilling, and Exercising Toolkit

2.5 Scheduling Drills

Conducting campus emergency drills during the first two weeks of the school semester is important. This is the opportune time to include training for students about school safety procedures and to provide classroom instruction about each type of safety drill and the importance of each. This should be followed by a guided practice.

These guided practices help to set expectations for later drills and responses. The benefits of conducting the drills early in each semester include the following:

  • Limited impact on instructional time as students are being oriented to new teachers, classrooms and subjects

  • Recognition of response actions for real world emergencies, should an incident occur early in the semester

  • Identify issues, concerns or gaps in the training, guidelines or emergency plan which allows for revisions to the processes to enhance effective response

When conducting drills, the focus should be on the quality of the drill as opposed to how quickly the drill can be completed.