Saturday, April 6, 2013
Familiarization ~ School Safety A~Z
When I was in elementary school in the early 1970's I remember participating in air raid drills. We heard a bell and hid under our desks. Another drill was to leave the classroom and congregate in the gym which was in the basement. I also remember fire drills. We would hear another type of bell and all file out onto the playground.
Yearly we practiced these drills and became familiar with what to do in case of an emergency. Fortunately our school never had a fire or was attacked by air.
Fast forward now to my children's school day. They do not have air raid drills, but for the past 4 years they have been participating in lock down drills. Maybe your kids have come home and have shared with you their experiences with lock down drills, if not ask them if they have drills. If your child has not participated in a lock down drill, I would be very concerned. In our district lock down drills have become as routine as fire drills and kids are familiar with their responsibility of participation.
Why do schools do lock down or fire drills? Students need to have familiarization with what to do in case of an emergency. ( I will get to lock down drills with the letter L later in the month!)
It is imperative for parents to have the same familiarization that their kids have with the safety procedures at the schools where their children attend. If you are not aware of the procedures your school has in place, I suggest making a phone call to the principal to request a copy of the safety procedures.