National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
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Participation of Children and Adolescents in Live Crisis Drills and Exercises

This policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics outlines considerations regarding live active shooter drills in schools, including recommendations to eliminate children’s involvement in high-intensity drills and exercises (with the possible exception of adolescent volunteers), prohibit deception in drills and exercises, and ensure appropriate accommodations during drills and exercises based on children’s unique vulnerabilities.