New York City public school principals were notified by Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a weekly online message that starting next school year, all schools will be required to conduct two yearly soft lockdown drills.
The program, projected for the 2013-2014 school year, is part of the DOE's work on emergency readiness, said DOE spokeswoman Marge Feinberg.
Feinberg said many schools have already been conducting such drills.
The program Walcott announced will also involve training for school officials.
"To ensure that all principals are trained to appropriately implement these drills and procedures as well as effectively respond to emergencies, the Office of Safety and Youth Development is providing a two-hour mandatory training focused on emergency readiness during this summer," Feinberg reported.
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