In Group A, B, or R-2 college or university facilities, at least one drill shall be held between September 1 and December 1. Where summer sessions are conducted, at least one drill shall be held during the first week of such session. At least one of such required drills shall use fire escapes, where provided. In Group R-2 facilities, one required drill shall be held during hours after sunset or before sunrise in buildings where students are provided sleeping accommodations.
The frequency and timing of drills shall be in accordance with the requirements of Section 807.1 of the Education Law, which requires not less than 12 drills annually, eight of which shall take place between September 1 and December 1. At least one-third of the drills shall use fire escapes, where provided. At least one drill shall be held during a lunch period, or pupils shall be instructed in procedures to be followed during a lunch period. At least four additional drills shall be held during hours after sunset or before sunrise, where students reside at the school. At least two additional drills shall be held during the first week of summer school.
Emergency evacuation drills shall be conducted at different hours of the day or evening, during the changing of classes, when the school is at assembly, during the recess or gymnastic periods, or during other times to avoid distinction between drills and actual fires. In Group R-2 college and university buildings, one required drill shall be held during hours after sunset or before sunrise.
Outdoor assembly areas shall be designated and shall be located a safe distance from the building being evacuated so as to avoid interference with fire department operations. The assembly areas shall be arranged to keep each class separate to provide accountability of all individuals.