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Safe Schools 2021-04-19T11:45:15-06:00

Safe Schools Plans Guidance

New Training Opportunity
Safe Schools Training Opportunity- Resilience Strategies for Educators
 When: May 6, 2021
Times: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Register for this virtual training session online at:
(Registration for this event closes on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).)
 Description: The USDOE REMS TA Center and NMPED will host a half day training designed for schools staff to better understand resilience and self-care strategies following natural disasters and other emergency events.
As part of a comprehensive school emergency operations plan, it is important for schools and school districts to understand how to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from critical incidents, including social, emotional, and behavioral recovery. The training is designed to provide educators and school staff with a better understanding of resilience strategies that can be used to increase their ability to work more effectively with individuals impacted by stress, loss, and trauma brought on by community or family violence, natural and man-made disasters and economic hardship.

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center provides a  menu of training opportunities and resources  that include the following:
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.

  • 2019 Chaptered Emergency Drill Requirements
  • Side by Side Emergency Drill Comparison
  • DHS K-12 School Security: A Guide for Preventing and Protecting against Gun Violence provides preventive and protective measures to address the threat of gun violence in schools. The Guide is delivered in two parts:  the first portion is a PDF with general security best practices and considerations in narrative format; while the second portion is an Excel-based security survey. Together, these tools outline action-oriented security practices and options for consideration based on the results of the individual school’s responses to the survey.
  • April 2019 Safe and Healthy Schools Newsletter
  • Safe and Healthy Schools Spring Newsletter
  • School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) :  This FAQ document is follow-up to the Federal Commission Report and consolidates guidance and technical assistance into a single resource to help raise schools’ and districts’ awareness of these provisions (02/12/19).
  • Unsafe School Choice Option

Upcoming Events/Training


For questions about Safe Schools Plans, please contact:

Melanie Granito
Safe Schools Coordinator

Page last updated April 19, 2021