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Drills (Required)

Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 1216 (2019–20) Session Law changed the configuration of required emergency drills, which all schools are required to conduct. 2SHB 1216 (2019–20) recognizes that, due to geographic location, schools have unique safety challenges. It is the responsibility of school principals and administrators to assess the threats and hazards most likely to impact their school.

Schools are required to have at least one drill per month, including summer sessions with students. Drills must practice four basic functional threat or hazard responses:

  1. Shelter-in-Place—To limit the exposure of students and staff to hazardous materials, such as chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants, released into the environment by isolating the inside environment from the outside
  2. Lockdown—To isolate students and staff from threats of violence, such as suspicious trespassers or armed intruders, that may occur in a school or in the vicinity of a school
  3. Evacuation—To move students and staff away from threats, such as fires, oil train spills, or tsunamis
    • In addition, a pedestrian evacuation drill must be included for schools in either a mapped tsunami or lahar hazard zone
  4. Earthquake—To practice the "drop, cover, and hold" protocol

To ensure that schools practice at least one drill per month, and to allow for response to locally identified threats and hazards, schools may practice basic selected drills more than once.

At a minimum, schools shall document the date, time, and type (shelter-in-place, lockdown, evacuation, or earthquake) of each required drill, and shall maintain the documentation in the school office. Districts and schools may also determine additional documentation sites and methods.

Schools must document each drill. Adapt this Sample Drill Reporting Form as needed for local use. Coordination with local fire and emergency responders is strongly encouraged.

Defining Emergency Terms for Schools is a 5-minute video tutorial (YouTube) for Washington schools to assist them in their preparedness efforts.