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Four fire drills in four days?

From Bronx middle school science teacher Ms. Rubin, here’s why it’s not only teachers who need to plan strategically:

Okay, fire drills actually aren’t that exciting. We’ve had four of them since Friday, because apparently there’s some quota every school must meet by a certain day and we only started having them three days ago. But today one happened in the middle of our unit test on rocks and minerals, and it was a pretty spectacular disaster. Kids started literally screaming and running in circles, and before all was said and done I had two students in tears – one because he got kicked in the chest, another because he got perfume sprayed in his eye (and no, I have no idea why Marie thought it was necessary to spray perfume during a fire drill).

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