Just like we, as adults, need to have a plan,
we need to practice the scenarios with our children.
Will it be scary for them? ABSOLUTELY!
However, if it can save their lives, it is well worth it.
Just like a fire drill, an active intruder drill needs to be practiced.
Teachers and parents need to have these hard conversations with our children.
I can't even imagine what would go through my head and I hope I never have to test this.
The children in our care are counting on us.
Do we hide? Try to get out of the building?
We are their first defense and these kids are counting on us.
The more prepared we are, the more likely we will be able to keep a clear head.
What can you do on a daily basis to keep you and your students safe?
I teach out in a portable and I ALWAYS keep my door LOCKED.
Can this be inconvenient? You betcha!
BUT, it keeps us safely inside the room.
When someone knocks, my students know not to open the door
if it isn't someone they know and at that point my para professional or I check.
Most importantly, SPEAK OUT, if something isn't part of your norm.
So my friends, please pray for those who lost loved ones,
the city of Orlando and the people of the USA!
We need to grieve and then move forward...with a plan.