Training Requirements and Exercises

All district personnel (faculty, custodial staff, office staff and administrators) will receive an orientation to the district’s multi-hazards emergency plans on an annual basis. The orientation will focus on the district’s policies and procedures for fire evacuations and emergency response procedures, emergency communications and the district’s incident command system. (Substitute Teachers and Teacher Aides will receive a fact sheet on the district’s policies and procedures upon initial assignment). Building Administrators will be responsible for compliance.


1. Emergency response procedures will be practiced as follows:

  • Lock-Down/Lock-Out
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Medical Emergency
  • Suspicious Package Threat (Bomb Threat)
  • Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health

2. The district is required to conduct 12 drills in a school year. Eight Drills must be conducted between September 1st and December 31st.

  • Building evacuation procedures will be practiced a minimum of eight times per school year. Four of these shall use the fire escapes in buildings in which they are provided or through the use of identified secondary means of egress. Building Level Safety Committees will ensure that all rooms have evacuation routes posted; this not only includes classrooms but also all other rooms utilized by staff or student personnel.
  • Lockdown Drills will be conducted a minimum of four times per school year.

3. The district will conduct one early go-home drill to test its alerting and warning procedures, communications procedures, resources, staff procedures, transportation procedures, public information procedures, and evacuation procedures on an annual basis. These drills have historically been attached to an evaluation of our emergency contact system through Orange-Ulster BOCES.


4. The emergency plan for sheltering in the event of a severe weather threat such as a tornado or thunderstorm will be practiced on an annual basis to test alerting and warning procedures. These include communications procedures, staff procedures and the movement of students to designated areas within the school building. The drills will be conducted by individual schools and evaluated by members of the Building Level Safety Committee. The drill will be documented within their Safety Committee Meeting Minutes.


5. The district will conduct one drill and/or table-top exercise with local law enforcement agencies and other emergency response agencies to practice and review its emergency procedures for a “violent incident” on an annual basis.

Following a program orientation, drill and/or exercise, participants are encouraged to forward their observations to their Building Level Safety Committee representative for further review and/or discussion. If immediate action is needed, the Building’s Principal will be notified in order to take corrective action. The Building Level Safety Committee will review after-action reports and forward their findings, recommendations and suggestions, in writing, to the District-Wide Safety Committee, via the Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds.