Public schools; lock-down drills, frequency, exemptions. (HB402)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; lock-down drills; frequency; exemptions. Requires every public school to hold at least one lock-down drill after the first 60 days of the school session, in addition to the two lock-down drills required to be held during the first 20 days of the school session at each such school. Current law requires each public school to hold at least two lock-down drills after the first 20 days of the school session. The bill requires kindergarten students to be exempt from mandatory participation in lock-down drills during the first 60 days of the school session and requires the principal at each relevant school to implement such exemption by either (i) conducting teacher-only drills or otherwise providing suitable training for kindergarten teachers or (ii) notifying each parent of a kindergarten student at least five school days in advance of each planned lock-down drill and permitting each such parent to opt his child out of participation in such lock-down drill. Read the Bill »


02/11/2020: In Subcommittee


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100724D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB402)
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/20/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/22/2020Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/27/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB402E
01/27/2020Printed as engrossed 20100724D-E
01/28/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020VOTE: (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB402E)
02/11/2020Assigned Education sub: Public Education

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