Though the general public of the school may not have everyday catastrophes or warnings, such as a school-wide lock down, there are some students who have emergencies during the course of the average school day, such as epileptic seizures. Many times, these individuals have emergencies with little to no warning, leaving teachers, students, and parents both scared and anxious. As with any situation, students should aim to prepare themselves for emergencies with the aide of their parents or guardians and their teachers.
In Michigan, Ann Arbor Public Schools have many protocols that the faculty in their schools will take if need be. These protocols include school, cluster, and district teams to run to the aide of an emergency. Among their protocol are the basic standard responses; ie. dialing an ambulance, and teachers and administrators being certified in CPR. To learn about your district’s protocols for emergencies, you should be able to search their crisis response protocol, or locate it on the district’s website.
The importance of an emergency protocol is not one that should be taken for granted. According to Aappublications, injuries and injuries leading to disability are common in children of “school age.” Students who are between the ages of five to nineteen receive roughly ten to fifteen percent of injuries in school, which makes sense considering about fourteen percent of the day is spent within an educational environment.
With all of the recent tragedies that occur at school, it is not any wonder that schools are buckling down on school emergency procedures. However, it is a scary thought that students (even in high school) do not know or can not fathom what they would do if a real school tragedy happened. Upon talking to a teacher about it, I found that they felt uncomfortable talking of the emergency procedures and I, personally, did not receive any answers as to what would happen, leaving me just as anxious and worried as I was prior to the conversation.
This is why it is important to know and implement these things into your lives as well. Schoolsecurity.org is a firm that specializes in all things school emergency based. The site is led by Ken Trump, who has twenty-five years of experience in preparing for crises. The firm has helped schools in forty-five states and even goes as far as to understand the difference in subculture of schools (esp. urban, rural, and suburban difference.)
Hopefully your school is the odd one out, having an adequate emergency protocol and perhaps even implementing emergency protocol drills – besides natural disasters. In fact, it is becoming somewhat common for schools to participate in mass shooting drills. I urge you to research what your school would do in order for you and your classmates to be safe in a time of emergency. Though emergencies can not be predicted, every single student, teacher, faculty member, and parent has the right to arm themselves with knowledge to protect themselves and their peers. It is the knowledge that they have that will benefit them the most in a crisis.