11/18/2013 12:19 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Manitoba schools face requirement to hold lockdown drills every semester

WINNIPEG - Manitoba schools will be required to hold at least one lockdown drill every semester.

The provincial government is mandating the practice lockdowns on top of 10 fire drills that must be held each year.

Education Minister James Allum says everyone inside a school must remain in secure rooms during lockdowns.

Schools will also be required to review their emergency response plans every year.

Allum says although violence in schools is rare, lockdown drills ensure staff and students know what to do in an emergency.