Tomorrow our school and other schools across the district will take part in a Tornado Drill.
The goal of this drill is to ensure that our students and staff are prepared to respond if a real tornado were to occur. Staff did discuss this with students but it would be helpful if you could talk with your children as well.
I asked Miss Sarah what they do in these drills and she showed me how they crouch, in the hall, outside of their lockers.
Anyone remember “Duck and Cover” ?
Yup – that is it.
I actually remember doing the same thing in case a bomb went off. (I am old and there was the “Cold War going on …. ). It’s funny to think back on how Duck and Cover wouldn’t really do anything to protect us in the event that an atomic bomb went off…(heat shock wave or radiation) but was to help prevent cuts and scrapes from the initial blast wave.
“Duck and Cover” was taught to all school kids of the United States from the early 1950s until the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s. Under the conditions of a surprise attack, immediately after they saw a flash they had to stop what they were doing and get on the ground under some cover—such as a table, or at least next to a wall—and assume a prone like position, lying face-down and covering their exposed skin and back of their heads with their clothes.
Let’s hope all of our kids never need to “Duck and Cover” – that our school safety drills remain just that: Drills.