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    HB 2693 was passed into law and is now Public Act 94-0600 and deals with fire drills in the schools. We are now required to participate with our schools in at least one of the three required drills.
    This was taken from the law:
    Section 20. Number of drills; incidents covered; local
    authority participation.
    (a) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
    minimum of 3 school evacuation drills to address and prepare
    students and school personnel for fire incidents. These drills
    must meet all of the following criteria:
    (1) One of the 3 school evacuation drills shall require
    the participation of the appropriate local fire department
    or district.
    (A) Each local fire department or fire district
    must contact the appropriate school administrator or
    his or her designee no later than September 1 of each

    year in order to arrange for the participation of the
    department or district in the school evacuation drill.
    (B) Each school administrator or his or her
    designee must contact the responding local fire
    official no later than September 15 of each year and
    propose to the local fire official 4 dates within the
    month of October, during at least 2 different weeks of
    October, on which the drill shall occur. The fire
    official may choose any of the 4 available dates, and
    if he or she does so, the drill shall occur on that
    date.
    (C) The school administrator or his or her designee
    and the local fire official may also, by mutual
    agreement, set any other date for the drill, including
    a date outside of the month of October.

    We have been contacted and have a date set with one of our schools. This leads me to our question. What do you see as our rolls in these drills?
    Are we to just watch and observe? Be active and have direct imput with the drills? or just go and sign the forms?
    The school administrator I spoke with does not know anymore about this than I do.
    Anyone have any ideas or information about thse drills.
    Proudly serving as Vice-President of the Illinois Delegation of the IACOJ

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    We do all 3 fire drills at the school every year. I am unsure if there is a standard protocal on a state level but we time the teachers and students to see how long it takes them to be fully self evacuated, we then walk through the school and check for open doors and windows and confirm the fire doors worked.

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