"Teachers, lock your doors. We are on lockdown."
There were less than 15 minutes left in 4th period. The lockdown lasted through "lunch" and 5th period. And tomorrow is the last day of school.
I was so lucky!
Lockdowns don't happen all that frequently. Sure, I got caught in one last week, but today's puts me at three total this school year. They can be long, and the students get testy. The students whine. And complain. And there's nothing I can do about it.
But, 4th period was my prep today.
Yep, I got locked down in an empty classroom with a working computer.
I could hear the students next door. They were loud. One girl complained that she had to use the restroom. I heard students call the office to find out how much longer the lockdown was going to be (the office didn't know).
I heard a helicopter circling outside, so something was up. (Later I learned that the police were looking for a car thief.)
When the bell rang and the students were finally let free, a collective cheer went up at the school. We got a long break, and then we skipped 5th period and went into 6th.
Again, I lucked out. While 5th period wasn't terrible, 6th period was a dream. Four students. Who worked quietly. (I had this group last week, so I kind of knew what to expect.)
I'm covering this teacher again tomorrow. Did I mention that tomorrow is the last day of school?