by Victoria Montano
Smoke is everywhere and there is no escape, people are crying and trying to get out of Building C. This would not be a very pretty sight. In order to prevent this we have something called safety drills. It’s important to have a plan. Ms. Doering, our Student Development Coordinator, advises “...say the alarms go off. Everybody would have to evacuate into the field.”
The hardest thing to do for drills is the scheduling. They have to find a time in which they won’t cut into a teacher's time and when it won’t interrupt the same classes every day.5
We have different types of drills more known ones would be like earthquake drills and fire drills. Lesser known drills would be ones such as a bomb drill and active shooter drill. We practice these drills to be safe and have knowledge on the subject.
Teachers recently got taught what to do in case of an active shooter. We didn’t have any procedures but due to shootings happening in other schools we have had to incorporate this drill into the list of drills that we practice.
In the case of something happening and we have to follow these procedures people tend to panic and sometimes come up with the worst case scenarios. People shouldn’t panic and should know that there are teachers on each floor that stay back to clear the school and help anyone in need.
For the people that always question things about the fire drills asking what if the field catches fire. Mrs.Doering said that in case of the field catching fire (which is highly unlikely) the teachers would have to direct the students to the parking lot.
Most people don’t see a point in practicing some of the drills such as the fire drills. Although they are never used in school you could use this in your life. For example with the fire that happened a few weeks back Valentina Watson said “I have never used the protocols yet but we were going to use them when the fire happened in the hill by my house.”
Safety drills are a vital part of schools because without them they could get in trouble with the state. They are vital due to the fact that they need to keep us safe.
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