Also, I think that one adult grabbing their jacket is way different then 20 kindergarteners trying to get on their winter gear.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
I think it is awful that it was cold but it happens. I wouldn't be all bent out about it. I know the schools have to do so many in a certain time from per the fire dept.
When I was in 8th grade we had a drill and the fire dept. forgot to notify us in the 15 minute window or whatever it is. So, the entire school thought it was a real fire. We had a pool in school and a bunch of 7th grade boys had to run outside, in January, in a towel for what was a drill. (Normally, they would have pulled them out of the pool to get dressed of course). That was pretty funny at the time. As a parent, *THAT* I would probably be mad at as the FD failed to warn properly. (Had it been a real fire it would have been fine.)
Yeah i kind of agree with the rest, that its ok to be done in the cold, as long as they try to pick a milder day and are fast as possible.
As an aside
-20C is really low! I would consider where I live to be a cold weather climate and the rule is that if its below 10F the kids stay inside. But i suppose cold weather climate is relative!
But also, not every child comes properly dressed for the cold weather so i think the cut off is reasonable.
At our school (small private school) we have 1 fire drill a month, 1 lock down drill a month, and 1 earthquake drill a year (these are the state requirements in Oregon) Cold weather fire drills are unavoidable (it has been in the teens here for a couple of weeks) We do have the kids put on their coats and other warm gear in the winter months before the fire drill sounds.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I have been thinking more about this. If you live in a climate when it is cold enough much of the year if you were outside for very long you could freeze to death, then part of the fire drill should entail is getting properly dressed to go outside quickly. If there were to be a fire you would need to get a coat before going outside, so that should be part of the drill.
That's not how it works. Putting coats on takes valuable time. FD can bring blankets etc and kids can be transported out of the school. If my daughter's preschool class had to get hats and coats on and the fire was near them..they would be dead.
Yep. Like the others, I would want the Fire Drill to mimic the real thing.......but I would hope that the school would use their prudence in picking a milder day to call it! Just like I wouldn't want someone running through the halls screaming "NOT A REAL GUN MAN!!!" in the event of a lockdown drill, I think that there is something to be said for mimicking a "real" fire drill ~ and obvs in the event of a real fire the children will be escorted to your secondary location and kept warm (or can warm their mitts and toast weiners around the roasting building to keep warm) if the building is on fire ~ they will be taken care of by the first responders. The bigger concern is them being outdoors for like 20 mins with inappropriate clothing in the case of a drill~ that totally WOULD bother me.