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Legislative panel seeks public input on school safety drills

Dec 08, 2023 | 4:51 pm ET
By Nancy Lavin
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Legislative panel seeks public input on school safety drills
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A legislative commission studying school safety drills is asking for public input at its upcoming meeting on Dec. 11. (Getty photo)

A legislative panel studying school safety drills wants to hear from Rhode Island students, teachers, parents and others on the issue.

The call for public input comes ahead of the Monday, Dec. 11, meeting of the Legislative Study Commission to Evaluate and Provide Recommendations on Mandated Safety Protocols for Rhode Island Schools. The 20-member panel, formed under legislation approved in the 2023 Rhode Island General Assembly, is tasked with studying and providing recommendations to improve school lockdown drills, including consideration of whether the benefits of safety drills are worth the disruption and trauma they can cause participants.

“We have many questions to answer, but we really can’t draw solid conclusions without hearing from the students, the staff, the parents and the members of the public who have experienced them,” said Rep. Jennifer Boylan, a Barrington Democrat and chair of the study commission. “We need those who have grown up in the era of lockdown drills or led students through them for years to provide us their insight so we can determine what that’s like and whether anything needs to change.”

Public input can be shared during the commission’s next meeting at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Rhode Island State House, or emailed in advance to [email protected]. The meeting will also be televised and livestreamed by Capitol TV.