by CristaMarie DeVito '17
One of the worst nightmares of a faculty member, or student, is for a school fire to occur. Where would you go once the school was evacuated? What would you take with you? What would be your first reaction? What would be your next step in your life if you couldn't return, and had to transfer, or get a new Job? What would you worry the most about?
During fire drills, students are taught not to take any personal items and to leave in an quick and silent manner. However, if there were to be an actual school fire, various students and faculty members stated that they would take certain things. English teacher Mr,Ugenti and 6 juniors were interviewed and all stated that they’d take their backpacks with their computers in them. The reasons behind wanting to take these things include the expense of these items and pictures and documents on them. On the other hand, Mr. Herron stated that if their was a fire, the only thing he would want to take, is the photo of his FA that he has hanging up in room 204. He stated that he would only worry about this picture because if he could not return to this room he would have the picture to remember his students and the memories he’s had in his FA room.
If a fire were to actually happen, the two main concerns are: Where would the students go once evacuated and if something went wrong and someone was missing how long would it take to find the student and bring them to safety.
After all “material items can be replaced, lives can’t” as Mrs. King reminded me. This is something that Ms. Spicijaric, Mrs. King, and almost every student answered when asked “what would you be worried most about once evacuated?” The answer to these questions are not easy.
Mrs. King and Ms. S stated that there is a “Go To” bag of which both the principal and associate
principal told me contains all of the students communication information and a megaphone. The firefighters from the 142 Precinct would respond and ensure that everyone is evacuated and unharmed.
Where the students would go once evacuated? How would the students would receive an education if they could not return back to the school? As stated by Ms.S, once the students were evacuated, if they could not return back into the school, they would go to Visitation Academy. There attendance would be taken and the students would get in contact with their parents.
Regarding how the students would receive education if they couldn't return was not addressed fully. Ms.S stated a possibility is online learning through something similar to Google Hangout, where the students could video chat the teacher and the teacher could teach them.
School fires, although they may not happen frequently, are a tragic catastrophe that could leave students and faculty in search of a new school, or job.