We’re back to a few things – Conrad doesn’t want to go to school, so we’re keeping him home again. Preschool for our family is a bonus, so it should be something that Conrad wants to do, not something we make him do or have to spend any time convincing him to go. He’s three and we want school to be a positive thing! Not turn him off before it even gets off the ground…..
Natalie’s school was on lockdown yesterday (as all the schools in our district were). Per the police department, all schools were placed on hard lockdown, which meant they could not leave their classrooms, no one could enter the school, and all lights had to be off. They were permitted to go to the bathroom and get drinks of water with a teacher. It lasted all day. Police were there to ensure a smooth and on time dismissal. The reason for all this, you ask? A burglary in the city of Woodstock, where a firearm was suspected to be stolen. That’s it.
It does happen where kids have to be kept past dismissal time and I did find an article where that happened in Batavia just recently. Kids from an elementary and high school were released after 5pm only because a man had barricaded himself in his own house and was a known gun owner. So….needless to say, James and I think this is a slight overreaction.
Kudos to the school for handling it well as the kids didn’t seem that traumatized (though at a PTO meeting that night, I was informed by someone with a kindergartner that the preschoolers were a bit freaked out). It all seems a bit ridiculous to me. I understand the larger idea of keeping everyone safe, I get it. No need to explain that part, but I think as a nation we can do better about this, don’t you?
Anyways, we’re having a special Halmoni visit this weekend and the kids are delighted (though disappointed that Gomo can’t make it, we’ll miss you Gomo!).