“Drill” Day

It’s “drill” day at my school – another day to practice a security or safety or medical drill.  Today’s it’s the medical emergency drill we are practicing.  To be honest, I hate these drills – all of them.  I know why we do them, the importance of them and the significance of them; you only need to turn on the news to remind you about why we need to practice.  But nevertheless, I can’t help but feel the imposition and infringement on our learning time, our precious learning time.  Today’s drill will only take about 5 minutes and only involve about 5-7 faculty members. But it will include an announcement that will startle and interrupt learning. It will require classroom teachers to leave the room and have their class “covered” by another teacher.  It will require answering unexpected questions from students who might be interested in what’s happening and why.

I do the drills as dictated by my district – one fire drill a month, one security drill a month, two medical emergency drills per year.

We practice and refine our routines in the hopes of never needing them.

And yet, why do I feel still unprepared. Perhaps because preparing for the unexpected is a difficult thing to do.




  1. Jennifer K. said,

    March 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I know what you mean! Drills are a necessary evil- necessary in case something happens, but evil when they take time away from learning. I hope that your day is only mildly interrupted! 🙂

  2. caroline524 said,

    March 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I think that the worst part of having that uneasy feeling, is knowing that there are still too many factors that we may be ill-prepared for. After going through 9/11, we may have planned for various scenarios but we still need to expect the unexpected.

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