If you’re reading this, you are a classroom teacher in a school district with not-so-great funding. You have too many students and too little resources. You spend your own personal funds on items you need to enhance your students’ learning. You also bring in your own personal items to enhance your teaching and save your sanity.
Emergency response is one of those things that teachers are required to know. You must be CPR trained. You must know basic First Aid. You are given a kit at the beginning of the year to keep in your classroom. It is supposed to contain everything you would need to keep your students and yourself would need to shelter in place. Have your really looked at the kit? Does it seem adequate to you?
I had a teacher friend (High School English) who took one look at the white bucket they gave her to use as a portable potty and proclaimed “Ain’t no way in hell I’m using that thing in front of a room full of high schoolers!” She was also supplied a pair of plastic gloves and a few garbage bags for liners and “easy disposal of waste”.
So what are teachers to do? As always, you must look to yourself.
What do you think you should have on hand in case of an emergency?