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Unfortunately, safety drills have become a necessary part of classroom life. Here’s a way to explain the whats, whys, and hows of such routines.  

Print and post this page, and refer to it before you have safety drills, so you have language at your fingertips. (If there is a real emergency, you might say, “Remember how we’ve practiced our safety drills? We really know how to keep ourselves safe. Now there’s a real emergency outside. Let’s do exactly what we’ve been practicing.”) 

You might share this page with parents so they can use similar explanations when they’re talking with their children.