Lockdown Drills Not Mandatory For Charter Schools

posted by Ben -

North Carolina law requires traditional public schools to practice lock down drills at least once a year to prepare if an intruder ever came on campus. Yet, North Carolina charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately run, are not required to do the same.

Although the statute gives charter schools flexibility, each school does have its own locally approved policy on lockdowns and safety procedures, according to Rhonda Dillingham, executive director of the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools.  Despite mandatory lockdown training for traditional public schools, the same law only "encourages" charter schools to drill.  Although the statute gives charter schools flexibility, each school does have its own locally approved policy on lockdowns and safety procedures, according to Rhonda Dillingham, executive director of the N.C. Association for Public Charter Schools.

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