BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - School safety drills can be stressful for students and that's why Bay District Schools wants to help kids be prepared when it's time to practice.
District officials say they want parents to watch the video with their kids and talk about the drills to ease anxiety. (BAY DISTRICT SCHOOLS)
"They will see in the videos, how the children react, what they're supposed to do, where they're supposed to go, so they will know what's going on during the drill," said the Assistant Chief of Police for Bay District Schools Bill McCurdy.
The district made a video showing how it keeps students safe and explains the reasoning behind the drills.
"We want to have good, meaningful drills where they understand the importance of the drill, and that they act appropriately, and that's why we have the videos," said McCurdy.
This school year, the district is required by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Act to have 22 drills, more than double the amount they've done in the past, and a number they want to lower.
"We're hoping that we can bring that down a little bit so the kids don't get 'Oh, here we go again,' kind of attitude," said McCurdy.
District officials say their concern is that having more drills this year will lead to kids becoming traumatized or even desensitized to them.
"Our children learn by watching how we react to things, and so if we normalize it and stress the fact that we're just practicing to keep you safe, I think that it will be a lot less traumatic for children," said Ken Chisholm, the Clinical Lead for the Bay District Schools Mental Health Team.
Parents are asked to talk to their children, and watch the video with them, to help them understand the process.
Students are told every time a drill happens, so they know the situation is not real.
The district will be releasing another video soon. They say this one will be more explicit and targeted for middle and high school students.
You can find the video on the Bay District Schools Facebook page.
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