NYC teachers get little to no training on lockdown drills

NYC teachers get little to no training on lockdown drills

When Mohammad Jehad Ahmad began teaching almost six years ago, he wasn’t familiar with lockdown drills.

“I was under the impression that a lockdown drill just meant to lock the door,” the Bronx high school math teacher said. “So in my first year doing it, I would lock the door and keep teaching.”
It wasn’t until a school administrator noticed what Ahmad was doing that he received any instruction about how to conduct a lockdown drill.

As school shootings have gone up in the last decade, New York state has mandated lockdown drills for all public schools since 2016. New York City schools now lead four lockdown drills every academic year (along with 12 fire drills). But Chalkbeat spoke with teachers from across the city in elementary, middle, and high schools, who said they received little to no training before conducting lockdown drills.

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