Bill would require notice before school lockdown drills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill under consideration by Virginia’s General Assembly would require schools across the state to notify parents before holding lockdown drills.

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico, tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that giving parents at least 24 hours’ notice before the drills would allow them to have related discussions with their children.

Such drills have become common nationwide, especially after recent deadly school shootings. In some cases, the drills have led to panic like at last spring’s unannounced drill at Short Pump Middle School in Henrico. The district changed how it conducted the drills after an evaluation.

VanValkenburg is a high school teacher. He says schools become “safest when everyone in the community is involved.” His bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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