South Orangetown Central School District

Emergency Bus Drills

The South Orangetown Central School District annually complies with Section 156.3 (H) of the Commissioner’s Regulations which requires that a minimum of three (3) emergency drills be held on each bus during the school year. The Commissioner’s instructions specify that the first drill is to be conducted during the first seven days of school, the second drill prior to December 1, and the third drill prior to April 30.

Emergency bus drills include practice and instruction in the location, use and operation of the emergency door, fire extinguisher(s), first aid, and windows, as a means of escape in case of fire or accident. No emergency drills are conducted when buses are en route.

Care is exercised to avoid delay of buses during times of drill activities. The provisions for emergency bus drills are clearly outlined by law. The drills must be conducted within the time limits and scope as prescribed by the New York State Education Department. Non-public students may receive the drill at a public school prior to drop-off at the non-public school.