February 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Snyder signs law boosting lockdown safety drills

Lansing— Starting next school year, K-12 schools in Michigan will have to conduct one extra lockdown drill and one fewer fire drill a year.

The changes are included in a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder that also requires school districts to post documentation of completed drills on their websites within 30 days of completion.

Schools must provide a list of scheduled drill days to county emergency officials and adopt a cardiac emergency response plan.

Ten safety drills will be required annually: five fire drills instead of six, two tornado drills and three lockdown drills rather than two.

Republican Rep. Joseph Graves of Linden sponsored the legislation after MLive.com reported school safety laws were ignored and officials didn’t know the problem’s scope.