Utah schools may have to hold more violence drills

By Lisa Schencker

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: January 9, 2014 09:44PM
Updated: January 9, 2014 10:02PM

Fire drills aren’t the only types of drills Utah schools might soon be required to hold regularly.

The state school board gave initial approval Friday to a rule that would require schools to alternate fire drills with either earthquake drills or violence lock downs.

Until now, alternating between fire drills and other types of drills has been optional for Utah schools, which have been required to hold other types of drills once a year. Utah elementary schools are required to hold drills once a month, and secondary schools once every other month.

“Unfortunately, it’s the society that we live in that makes that necessary,” said Tami Pyfer, board president. “ … we do need to have students prepared.”

The board must vote on the change one more time next month for it to be final.

Lisa Schencker