Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Welcome to the Cold War!

How many teachers live each day in fear of nuclear attacks? I wasn’t aware that the nuclear holocaust was so near until my administration told me so! That’s right; today my school performed a Shelter Drill! At 1:50 Pm this afternoon administration announced over the PA system that we were having a Shelter Drill, and my colleagues were as perplexed as me! No, we didn’t crawl under our desks and cover our head. Instead we walked out the front door and down the block. Just like a fire drill. I was actually a little disappointed; I was hoping to check out some secret bomb shelter in the basement. How bizarre.


Anonymous Schoolgal said...

That sounds more like a fire drill.
Shelter drills have been replaced by evacuation drills where we walk to another location, but this information should be posted in your classroom.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Clinton said...

They could have at least given you radiation suits.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:43:00 PM  
Blogger gwiz said...

i don't get it.
what is that doing except instilling fear?

the nearest shelter's probably miles away and no amount of hiding under a desk is ever going to save from an H bomb.

'nuclear attack drills' in schools were part of ridiculous socialist/communist propaganda in Poland and other soviet satellites (around my parents' time in school). even then people knew better.l

Saturday, April 21, 2007 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger 17 more years said...

The purpose of shelter drills (as stated by my school at least) is to protect the kids in the event of severe weather such as a hurricane. Shelter drills are still mandated, and we have them several times a year. You certainly do not go outside the building- we move the kids out of the classrooms, and into the hallway, away from areas where glass could potentially break and be blown in on them. The sit on the floor and face the wall. At no time are the drills described as preparation for a nuclear attack.

Sunday, April 22, 2007 5:39:00 AM  
Blogger Ms. X said...

Ms. C,

Thanks for the comment! I would love to have you link to my page, as I read yours all the time.

~Ms. X

Monday, April 23, 2007 8:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow. That's... So for shelter you go outside. Fun!

I decided to show my kids how to stand in a doorway in case of an earthquake today. With...interesting results. It's in my blog.

My favorite from school this year? In DECEMBER I got asked "Oh, you know what it means if you hear 'Thaddeus Stevens' over the intercom right?" (The guy our school's named for.) So I say " But I can't hear the intercom anyway." I was then informed that it means that there's an intruder in the building and we're essentially under lockdown. Nice to know...but I still can't hear the announcement. A few days ago I was on my way back to my room from taking the kids to gym (outside the room!) when the all-clear of "Thaddeus Stevens has been found." was called. Lovely, huh?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 6:47:00 PM  

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