"May I have your attention please. We are now going into a Shelter in Place lock down. Please stay in your classrooms until further notice. This is not an emergency situation. Continue on with class as normal. Please do not text or use your cell phones."
I make sure my door is locked and sit down at my desk. This is my third hour speech class. If I have to be locked in a room for an indeterminate about of time, this is the class I want to be locked down with. There's not an annoying kid in the bunch. And, they are pretty funny in their own way.
Immediately, the chatter begins.
"What's that mean?" I explain that something is happening and to be safe, they want everyone to stay in the classroom."
"Is this a drill?"
"Probably not," I explain "As Mr. F said, it isn't a dangerous situation, but we need to stay in the room.
"How long will we be here?"
"I don't know. You could be here all day. And if we stay in lock down, I'm sure glad I'm locked in with this class rather than several others."
They giggle and smile.
"Can we leave and go to the bathroom?"
I laughed, "No. No one can leave."
"But I have to go. What if it's an emergency."
"I guess we'll hold up a blanket and you can use the garbage can." (I'm being sarcastic. The students takes me seriously.)
"Do you have kleenex?" they say, looking around the room.
"Yep. And I actually have a roll of toilet paper over there on the computer cart."
"What about lunch?"
"No. We have to stay in the room."
"We are still in a Shelter in Place lock down. Remain in your classrooms and continue on with your normal procedures."
This is easier said than done.
"Are we going to miss 4th period?"
"Yea! I don't want to go to Math."
"Can you hear our stomachs growling, Mrs. Day? They keep taking turns."
"Really. Are we going to miss lunch?"
A conversation about food begins. They love the bagels on Tuesday at lunch. Several girls say they always eat salad bar on Tuesday just so they can have a bagel.
Another announcement. We need to stay in the room even though fourth period will be starting.
"Yea! I'd much rather stay here."
"But what about lunch/ I'm really hungry."
"Maybe they will bring sack lunches to us."
I quietly take inventory of the supplies in my room. I keep breakfast items in my cupboard because I seldom remember to eat breakfast before I leave for school.
"Well, I have a few breakfast bars, a bagel (yes--a lunch bagel), and three containers of chocolate pudding. I'll share if I have to. But I won't share my water. You die faster from dehydration than starvation, you know." I know--a bit sarcastic. But it lightens the mood.
They aren't concerned about the water, just the food.
"Really? You have food!"
"Yep. And I'll share."
Collectively, they calm down.
They continue chatting and researching.
A stomach growls.
"Mrs. Day, you're gonna have to share that bagel...."