Toddlers in the Brattleboro (Vt.) Union High School Early Head Start program joined in for the school’s emergency evacuation training and made their way to the awaiting school buses in a different kind of “specialized transportation.”
Although not new to the Head Start teachers at Union High (and many across the country), using a crib to transport children was something new to me. The photo of the crib in action was something that first made me laugh, but soon it struck me as to how useful this idea could prove to be in an emergency. As we all know, Head Start programs are not funded to have one teacher per student in the classroom, so how else would they safely and quickly transport the students out of the building in the event of an emergency?
The event was an emergency preparedness drill having to do with the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is located about five miles from the school. To keep the children distracted while they waited for the buses, the teachers sang “Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream,” probably not a hard scenario to imagine for the small students considering their form of transportation.