He has to ask me before going in, if there is going to be a fire drill while he’s in there…… And every time, I have to look out the window for fire trucks (generally a good indicator of a pending drill) and assure him that, “No, we aren’t having a fire drill while you are in the bathroom.” But you can tell by the look on his face, he’s not sure whether to believe me or not. I have to assure him that in the extremely unlikely chance that one would actually occur while he was in there, that I would not go off and leave him in there to burn down with the school. That it is in fact my responsibility to NOT leave students behind while exiting the building. I want to tell him that if I was going to consider leaving someone behind that he isn’t on the short list……. but that probably wouldn’t be too helpful.
But where did he connect the two? Being in the bathroom and having a fire drill. I mean we don’t talk about fire drills much. We do occasionally go over the procedures if it’s been awhile since the last drill, but we don’t dwell on the gory details of what might happen. Our discussions are ALWAYS framed around the context of a practice, NOT an actual fire. You can tell that it is something he is really concerned about though.