Schools could soon be subject to unexpected safety drills at least once a year.
Right now, schools are required to conduct six drills. A state task force, formed after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut where a gunman shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, recommended to lawmakers last week that one of the drills be unannounced.
The measure would keep teachers and students out of the loop. Some parents say it’s necessary.
“You could feel like your kids are safe for one minute and the next minute they’re not” says Cori Pickett, a mother with two children in school. “I think it’s just important to protect our future.”
The task force is also looking into adding an active shooter drill and ways to build close relationships with emergency responders in individual communities.