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Utah schools may have to hold more violence drills

By Lisa Schencker

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 09 2014 03:59 pm • Last Updated Jan 09 2014 10:02 pm

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.

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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.




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