NO. 16.  AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILLS IN SCHOOLS.

(H.83)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  REDESIGNATION

The title of 16 V.S.A. chapter 33 is redesignated to read:

Chapter 33.  Fire AND Emergency Preparedness

Drills and Safety Patrols

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1481 is amended to read:

§ 1481.  Fire and Emergency preparedness drills

(a)  The principal or person in charge of a public or independent school or educational institution, other than a university or college, shall drill the pupils so that they may be able to leave the school building or perform other procedures described in the school’s emergency preparedness plan, or both in the shortest possible time and without panic or confusion.

(b)  Such drills A drill shall be held at least once in each month during the school year and a record of the date and time of such fire drills drill, together with the time consumed in vacating the building completing the procedure, shall be kept in the official school register, and such register shall be open at all times for inspection by representatives from the department of labor and industry or the department of education.

(c)  A principal or person in charge of such school or institution who wilfully neglects school district, independent school, or educational institution whose administrative personnel neglect to comply with the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than $20.00 $500.00.

Approved:  May 6, 2003