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Safety Drills in Schools

A new bill is on its way to the Michigan Senate for approval. House Bill 4713 requires schools to conduct one additional lockdown drill in place of a fire drill. 

The lockdown drill is to prepare students in case an intruder entered the building. Under the proposal, schools would be required to conduct five fire safety drills, two tornado safety drills and three lockdown drills each year. Additionally, administrators would have to post documentation of their drills on their website within five days.  This legislation was introduced after last December's Sandy Hook shooting. A different bill, initiated by the Senate, would penalize schools who don't conduct state-mandated safety drills.

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