Not only do we have a drill in place for if there were to be a toxic spill outside. . . but we also have two different lock down drills depending on if there is a "danger" inside or outside of the building. We have to learn how to hide children in corners and behind tables, we have tape and paper prepared ready to cover windows and doors and we learn code words that we must be able to immediately respond to.
Today we had a staff development day where we got to learn yet another new drill. This one involves students being outside when a danger becomes present and needing to be moved into the building quickly. It involves laying flat on their bellies, head smooshed into the ground. . . and actually army crawling (that's what it's called right?) across the playground until they are told to get up and run (all in complete silence of course). I'll admit. . . I laughed as I watched the training video. If watching one little boy perform this drill was that entertaining, I can't imagine watching a class full of children learning it.
I know it's not a funny topic. . . it's scary that this is the kind of situation we have to be concerned about. And it's sad that we have to warn little kids of these kinds of dangers. Who would actually want to come on campus and hurt these little innocent kids? What is this world coming to?
Some time in the next few weeks, some emergency head honchos are coming to "test" our school on this new safety procedure. If we happen to be the "lucky" ones outside when these people show up, we (including the adults mind you- we have to be protected as well) get to be the test group. The test group that are lying down, flat on the ground, and army crawling across the playground. . .
To think that the day has come that I long for a simple duck and cover earthquake drill. . .