Like all of these Bailey students are saying right now, they never thought this could happen in their small community. So just how prepared are our schools here in the Springs for emergency situations?
Rockrimmon Elementary recently conducted a practice drill to put their crisis plan to the test.
390 students at the school walked outside when the fire alarm went off. But as the kids lined up on the grass, they quickly learned the drill was more serious. “We act like it’s really happening. The kids have to be on good behavior,” Barbara Barton, the principal said.
All the teachers keep in contact through their “walkie talkies”. No details were released about the pretend situation going on inside the school, but the kids need to be loaded on to school busses and taken to Eagleview Middle School. It was a drill they completed successfully and parents are proud. “It’s nice to know they are concerned for our kids’ safety and prepare them for unfortunate circumstances,” one parent told us. “They all did well, so I feel secure if something happened like that,” another parent told us.
We spoke to most of the school districts in southern Colorado. They say they do drills like this a few times a year.