Taking Advantage of School Drills
While they can admit their importance, most teachers view emergency drills as interruptions to daily learning. Sadly, this very sentiment can be true as the process being practiced neither prepare students for an actual emergency situation nor test competence during crisis. Bret Rachlin, marketing director for a school security specialist, challenges teachers to view school drills as an opportunity for learning and refining safety procedures. Rachlin suggests imparting to students why emergencies are simulated. Sometimes the best-laid plans on paper don’t work when put into practice. As Rachlin recounts, maybe it is the plan of administration to relocate all students and staff to two main stairwells during a tornado. A practice round will ensure that the plan will be successful or will call flaws to their attention. Either way, running through all aspects of an emergency plan will make certain that all provisions are successful.
Additionally, Rachlin advises the use of impromptu drills to challenge memory of procedures learned in the classroom, as well as, surprise elements when completing a practice drill. Teachers and students can be educated in the classroom on proper procedure over and over, but providing simulated emergencies (i.e. blocked doors, obstructed stairwells, etc.) will encourage all involved to remain alert, preparing them for a real-life emergency.
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