This week I became acquainted with the procedures involving the different drills we have at the school. In Friday’s case, it was a shelter-in-place followed by a fire drill. Like most students, I thought that things like fire drills and lockdowns are planned to take place on a certain day, and then an administrator simply says “okay, pull the fire alarm” or “call a shelter-in-place”. However, there is actually a lot of planning involved in these drills. Dates and approximate times of execution must be set, and meetings must be held before and after the fact to discuss first what should happen, then after what did or did not happen, what went well and what could be improved. At the “after” meeting, I was asked to say my piece about how I thought the drill went and give a student’s point of view of these drills. It was very interesting to see all the things that go on behind the scenes, while students sit in class, unsuspecting.