Yesterday we held our first tornado drill in this school year and all filed down into our basement, also known as Headstart.
It's my job to set off the alarm and then head to the basement, securing the door as I enter last (not sure how I feel about this 'last' bit!).
Well when I walked up the 3rd grade were filing in 2 by 2, we had them in 2 parallel lines walking down the covered walkway before heading down the stairs. This is the perfect route if the weather is bad, just one problem though. This walkway has childrens footprints painted onto the concrete all the way to the door.
So of course all the kids think it's a great game to walk on those footsteps and of course this not only causes chatter but a general slowing down. Now I hope if there really was a tornado threat the kids could tell and would be a little more focused. But as one teacher said, the last thing we need is panic with 2 flights of stairs and nearly 200 kids.
Anyway we all got down there in good time and everyone went to their allotted spots in the basement perfectly.
After a little talk from the Principal on the importance of them paying attention in this situation and not talking etc...I returned to my office.
The phone was ringing and the call was coming in from our kitchen. The following conversation ensued:
Head Cook "Sarah what's going on, we heard everyone heading out?"
Me "Well you just got blown away by a tornado actually!"