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Fire Drills and School Bus Evacuations

24 P.S. �15-1517

DATE OF ISSUE: January 1, 2001

REPLACES: School Bus Evacuations,
                        BEC 24 P.S. �15-1517(d),
                        issued September 1, 1997

The purpose of this BEC is to set forth a process for school district reporting of fire drills and school bus evacuation drills to the Department of Education.  Section 1517 of the Public School Code of 1949 requires all school districts to conduct fire drills not less than once a month.  In addition, those schools using or contracting for school buses for the transportation of children are required to conduct on school grounds two emergency evacuation drills on buses during each school year, the first to be conducted during the first week of the first school term and the second during the month of March, and at such other times as the chief school administrator may require.  On or before the tenth day of April each year, each district superintendent shall certify to the Department of Education that these required emergency evacuation drills have been conducted in the  manner prescribed in Section 1517.

The attached form should be completed and sent to the Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management by the indicated date.  Submission of the form will satisfy the law's certification requirement.


Purdon's Statutes

        24 P.S. �15-1517


        PDE-4101- Certification of Fulfillment of Fire Drills and School Bus Evacuation Drill Requirements
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        Pennsylvania Department of Education
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Expiration Date July 2004

Content Last Modified on 6/28/2007 9:28:53 AM

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