Senator Rob Ortt announced on Monday that a provision of his legislation to require mandatory lockdown drills in school districts across the state has been signed into law as part of the New York State Budget.
Currently, lockdowns are recommended, but not required in school districts. The measure would mandate a minimum of four lockdown drills be carried out in the first half of the school year.
To accommodate these extra drills, the law also lessens the required amount of fire drills required in a school year from a minimum of twelve to at least eight.
The act will take effect July 1.