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Over the years, schools have conducted endless fire drills, tornado drills and even—in the heyday of nuclear threat—“duck and cover” bomb drills in an ongoing effort to make the learning environment safer. Today, in the wake of school shootings, a growing number of schools are conducting “active shooter” drills in connection with law enforcement.

In states such as Illinois and New Jersey, drills are required by law—and several more states are considering similar legislation. Even when not legally required, many school districts are mandating active shooter drills as a best practice in school safety and risk management.

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