New Jersey Department of Education

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Fire and Security Drilling Guidance for Schools

School Safety and Security - Webinar

Date(s) & Time(s) September 10, 2021   ~  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar Description Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, drilling practices adhered to by New Jersey schools were relaxed for the 2020-2021 school year. Monthly guidance was provided to schools by the New Jersey Department of Education (Department) to assist in adhering to the requirements of N.J.S. 18A:41.1 (Drill Law), while also selecting and conducting drills following health guidelines concerning safe social distancing and as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health. As part of this effort, a two-phased approach to conducting fire drills was adopted.

Effective July 1, 2021, relaxation of fire code enforcement expired. As a result, schools are required to resume adherence to fire evacuation drilling practices. The two-phased approach adopted during the prior school year is no longer compliant when conducting monthly fire drills.

To guide schools in conducting fire and security drills required under the Drill Law, the Department will host a webinar to provide guidance on drilling practices for the 2021-2022 school year. The training will take place on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The intent of this training is to support schools to identify and implement drilling practices which:

1.) Meet the requirements of N.J.S. 18A:41.1;
2.) Satisfy the definition of a school security drill;
3.) Can be safely conducted without compromising the health and safety of participants, and;
4.) Can be conducted without modifications which would otherwise compromise best practices.

School Safety Specialists will be credited with 1.5 hours toward recertification for attending this webinar

Who should attend:

Chief School Administrators,
Business Administrators,
Charter School Leads,
Renaissance School Project Leads,
Administrators of Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities,
Nonpublic Schools,
Directors of Building and Grounds, and
School Safety Specialists

Webinar LinkA link to access the webinar will be e-mailed to properly registered participants. Please register using your school/district email address.
Registration Registration Closed
Contact Information Karen Carella
Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning
200 Riverview Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08625


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