Thursday, October 25, 2018
Double Drill Day
California holds a state-wide earthquake drill every October. (You know how much I love those drills.) Of course the schools participate.
The drill was scheduled for 10:18 AM, which put it about five minutes into third period (after they adjusted the bell schedule for the day. On a normal day, the students are out of class at "snack" at that time).
Right after getting to school that morning, I found the evacuation folder, so I was good to go. Not looking forward to it, but good to go.
We were about halfway into first period (so, roughly 8:30) when the fire alarm rang. Seriously?
But this is not the school where we ignore those bells, so we had to evacuate. Ugh.
Alas, the students weren't evacuating. They were cleaning up.
The ceramics class has some strict instructions as to cleaning up. They put away their projects into cubby holes. Then they have to wipe down their tables and sweep up underneath. They even dry off the tables after wiping them down.
They were halfway into this process when I realized they weren't leaving. Those bells don't ask us to evacuate unless something has gone wrong, so I urged them, just leave it and go. If it was a minor thing, we'd be back and they'd have time to clean up. If it was something bad, it was best to get out as quickly as possible.
By the time I got them out and we were halfway to the staging area, the bells rang to release us back to class.
They still had twenty or so minutes of class. Did they get back to their projects? Of course not. Nope, they were halfway cleaned up, so they finished and sat. Sigh.
Then we got to do it all again two periods later. But in this case, they didn't start their projects as we knew we'd be evacuating. (They worked after we got back.)
Any other day that first evacuation would have been enough. But at least I got a good walk in that day.