When the fire alarm was triggered Friday, Illini Bluffs school district conducted a full-scale reunification drill. The first of its kind in the central Illinois area helped educate students, parents and first responders on how to react during a real life scenario.
“Preparation is key,” said Illini Bluffs District Supt. Dr. Roger Alvey. “It’s critical to make sure the kids are cool calm collected.”
After 10 minutes, about one thousand students were completely evacuated from the school, and transported to off site evacuation sites. The school mass communication system messages were sent out to parents alerting them of their child’s whereabouts.
Alvey explained,“We’re relying on emergency contact cards and verifying with parents who want to pick up their children.”
Father of two Matt Meyer believes the reunification drill was a success. He believes practice makes perfect and is glad the school is putting students safety first.
“It’s something that at this point we need to take into consideration,” said Meyer. “With the national epidemic and with whats going on in schools I’m glad we are doing it.”