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Safe Schools Plans Guidance

Safe Schools Plans Submission Documents

Safe Schools Site Safety Plan Template Schools may wish to consider utilizing this template in the formation of their safe schools plans. This template is a framework for school safety planning and includes all the necessary elements for a thorough plan. The plan is required to be SCHOOL SITE specific. Information within in the plan must reflect specific school site information in order to meet review requirements and be approved by the PED. For more information regarding the template and submission, please contact Kathryn Bolkovac at

New Training Opportunity

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides a menu of training opportunities:
SITE ASSESS Mobile App Flyer (K-12 & IHE)
Emergency Management Virtual Toolkit Flyer (K-12 & IHE)
Building Blocks to School Safety Toolkit (K-12)
Cybersecurity Considerations Fact Sheets (K-12 & IHE)
Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools & School Districts Fact Sheet (K-12)
Preparedness Mission Areas Fact Sheets (K-12)
EOP Interactive Tools Flyer (K-12 & IHE)
Developing & Enhancing MOUs with your Community Partners Training Package (K-12)
Understanding Educator Resilience & Developing a Self-Care Plan Training Package (K-12)
Responding to Bereavement & Loss Training Package (K-12)

Emergency Drill Requirements

Dear Superintendents and Charter School Directors,

This communication is a follow-up to today’s Superintendent Call regarding the new emergency drill requirements for school year 19-20. Please share the communication below with administrators at each school site within your district or with staff within your charter school.

New school emergency drill requirements have been established per Senate Bill 147 (SB147)-School Safety Drill Requirements, which passed the Legislature this spring and is now in state statute.

The new school emergency drill requirements are as follows:

An emergency drill shall be conducted in each public and private school once a week during the first four weeks of the school year. Of these:

  • One (1) shall be shelter-in-place that includes preparation to respond to an active shooter;
  • One (1) shall be an evacuation drill;
  • Two (2) shall be fire drills.

During the rest of the school year, each school shall conduct at least four (4) additional emergency drills, at least two (2) of which shall be fire drills.

In locations where a fire department is maintained, a member of the fire department shall be requested to be in attendance for the purpose of giving instruction and constructive criticism.

Below is a link to side-by-side summary of the previous and new emergency drill requirements as reference.

The most significant changes to note are the following:

  • The total number of emergency drills required is reduced from twelve (12) to eight ( 8);
  • The total number of fire drills required is reduced from eight (8) to four (4);
  • One (1) active shooter drill is required;
  • One (1) evacuation drill is required (this is not the same as your fire drill evacuation and should be to an off-site location); and
  • Two (2) drills are left to the discretion of the school.

The PED will be working with a group of stakeholders to formulate New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) to provide guidance for schools around the new emergency drill requirements, including guidance for age-appropriate active shooter drills based upon national best practices. The notice of rulemaking is likely to be announced by the end of 2019, however, please note that the new drill requirements are already in effect and that schools are required to do four emergency drills in the first four weeks of the school year, including two fire drills, one evacuation drill and one active shooter drill.

For questions about Safe Schools Plans, please contact:

Kathryn Bolkovac
Safe Schools Program Coordinator

Page last updated November 28, 2022