Parents register to pick up their children during a reunification drill at Ecole John Stubbs on Wednesday. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Colwood students prepare for disaster with mass emergency drill at Ecole John Stubbs

Almost 800 Sooke School District students went through the reunification drill

Rick Stiebel/News Staff

The exercise was performed with the precision of a drill team.

About 800 elementary and middle school students at Ecole John Stubbs exited the school Wednesday afternoon in an orderly fashion within a matter of minutes while a large group of parents waited patiently behind a security line to register to pick up children in their care.

All schools in the Sooke School District practice reunification drills throughout the year, and that’s especially important at a larger school such as Ecole John Stubbs, explained Ravi Parmar, chair of the Sooke School Board. “It helps students and staff and parents get thinking about how to be prepared in the event of a disaster,” he noted. “Releasing more than 700 kids isn’t easy, but everyone involved, parents, teachers, and students, really benefit from the drill and learn about the procedure. It gets parents thinking about how to prepare in the event of a disaster. The goal is to keep calm and connect students with their parent or guardian in the most efficient manner possible.”

READ ALSO: ‘Junk’ playground in Colwood teaches kids creative play

Ecole John Stubbs principal Sandra Szalipszki said the drill underlines the importance of teaching the children to be prepared for any kind of emergency. “We really appreciate the parents who could help today,” she added. “It’s also a really good reminder for parents to work on their own evacuation plan at home and how that may connect with the school.”

Naim Zandieh, a 14-year-old Grade 7 student, said doing the drill once a year enables the school to test security systems and be aware of how everyone’s getting home. “It’s good practice in the event of a real emergency,” he added.

Liliana Fisher, an 11-year-old Grade 5 student, said the drill is a great way to see how fast the students are in case there’s an actual emergency. “Having the parents behind a security cable is a good idea to make sure no one winds up with a stranger and everyone gets home with who they’re supposed to.”

John Corkill, who was picking up his grandchildren, agreed the drill is a great idea, but said he hopes organizers can find a way to speed up the registration process.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

SD62

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Ecole John Stubbs principal Sandra Szalipszki addresses students during a reunification drill on Wednesday. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff) Ecole John Stubbs principal Sandra Szalipszki addresses students during a reunification drill on Wednesday. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Students assemble on the playing field at Ecole John Stubbs during a reunification drill on Wednesday. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Just Posted

Saanich looks to help restaurants increase capacity with outdoor seating

District working to ensure restaurants can make the most of summer weather, mayor says

Saanich farm stands can stay open

Council amending bylaw to allow for temporary use permits

Colwood art centre shuts its doors indefinitely

Board members look for new location when feasible, continue online

Greater Victoria guide dog walk turns to virtual physical challenge

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is May 31 with an online twist

Greater Victoria’s first BC Cannabis Store could open at Saanich shopping centre

Store application for Uptown Shopping Centre headed for public hearing

BC Ferries losing up to $1.5 million each day as pandemic tanks ridership

The company does not qualify for the wage subsidy

Chilliwack school board censures trustee Barry Neufeld after controversial Facebook post

Board chair issues statement on censure but little else regarding Facebook post controversy

Twenty-nine of Canada’s 48 national parks to reopen to day-use visitors June 1

All national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas have been closed for weeks

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

Book will be a fairy tale for kids and benefit those particularly affected by the pandemic

Tahsis opens its gates to visitors to save local economy

Seasonal local businesses that rely on tourism hope to survive despite drop in tourist numbers

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

Island city cancels plan for homeless camp; exploring alternative option

The plan heard strong objection from neighbouring residents and businesses

Most Read