2007 -- S 1053
A N A C T
RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS
Introduced By: Senators Paiva-Weed, and Algiere
Date Introduced: May 23, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 16-21-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-21 entitled “Health and
Safety of Pupils” is hereby amended to read as follows:
drills required -- Failure to comply. –
drills required -- Failure to comply. (a) It shall be the duty of the principal or other person in
charge of every public school or private school, college, university, or postsecondary institutions
or educational institution within the state, having more than twenty-five (25) pupils, to instruct
and train the pupils by means of drills, so that they may in a sudden emergency be able to leave
school buildings and dormitories in the shortest possible time and without confusion or panic. In
all schools but colleges, universities, or postsecondary institutions, there shall be fifteen (15)
drills or rapid dismissals during the school year, at least eight (8) of which shall be held during
the months of September, October, and November. The remaining seven (7) drills or rapid
dismissals shall be held at the discretion of the principal or person in charge of the school. At
least four (4) drills or rapid dismissals shall be obstructed by means of which at least one or more
exits and stairways in the school building are blocked off or not used and at least two (2) of the
obstructed drills shall be held during the months of September and October. There shall be two
(2) evacuation drills and two (2) lockdown drills included among the fifteen (15) mandatory drills
in each school year. Evacuation drills shall be designed and conducted for use when conditions
outside the school building are safer than conditions inside the building. Lockdown drills shall be
designed and conducted for use to protect school building occupants from potential dangers in the
(b) (1) In colleges, universities, postsecondary institutions, and residence facilities in
public schools or private schools there shall be at least four (4) drills or rapid dismissals during
the academic year for each school building or residence facility, at least two (2) of which shall be
held between the months of September through December. The remaining two (2) drills shall be
held between the months of January through June. Any college, university, or postsecondary
institution that holds a summer session shall hold a drill or rapid dismissal during the first full
week of the summer session.
(2) At least one drill or rapid dismissal shall be obstructed so that at least one or more
exits or stairways in the school building or dormitory are blocked off or not used.
(c) For purposes of this section "residence facility" means dormitory, fraternity, sorority,
or any other type of residence hall, whether on campus or off campus, owned or leased by a
college, university, postsecondary institutions, public schools, or private school with
accommodations for twenty (20) or more students.
(d) Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, fire drills shall be required in
colleges or universities only for buildings which are used for a residence facility.
(e) Neglect by any principal or any person in charge of any public or private school or
educational institution to comply with the provisions of this section shall be a misdemeanor
punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500).
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.