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L.A. classroom 'lockdown kit' includes bathroom bucket, batteries

LAUSD's lockdown kit suggestions. Click through for a larger version. Urinating in a bucket is a tough go for students when a school is in lockdown because of a dangerous situation, as El Camino Real and Gardena high schools experienced this week in the wake of shootings.

Although students described using a trash can or empty paper cup in which to urinate during Wednesday's lockdown at El Camino Real, it turns out the bucket is part of a "lockdown kit" that is supposed to be in every Los Angeles Unified School District classroom.

The lockdown kit includes a 5-gallon bucket or pail with a removable lid “solely for the purpose of this kind of situation,” said district spokesman Robert Alaniz.

He said the kits should have been in every classroom at both schools, and it appeared some students made use of them at El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills, where a school police officer was wounded off campus, and at Gardena High, where two students were injured Tuesday when a gun accidentally discharged in class.

Law enforcement-ordered lockdowns kept students in classrooms and gyms for hours.

Other elements of the lockdown kit include toilet paper and a portable toilet seat. There’s also a flashlight, polyethylene bags, blankets, a pocket radio, bandages, facial tissues, disposable vinyl gloves, assorted batteries and ever-adaptable duct tape.

The items are listed with an approximate but very exact retail price, noting an industrial flashlight could be expected to cost $9.71; an emergency toilet seat $8.85. The instructions suggest buying in bulk -- a case of 500 should run $13.99.

A privacy screen might be a helpful additional item.

The total estimated cost (including a classroom set of 30 blankets): about $75. The value: Priceless.


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El Camino Real High students arrive for school, unfazed by shooting and lockdown

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-- Howard Blume

Image credit: LAUSD

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We do not have those!
We shouldn't have those.
These provisions would be a non issue if schools were "administrated" properly

Who is supposed to empty the buckett after a lockdown? The janitor (furloughed)? The teacher ("You don't pay me enough!")? Students (Blech!)? What if a student is shy? And just where are they going to set up such a contraption to give some privacy? In the corner? What a joke!

I've worked for the district for 10 years and have never seen a kit. By the way A. Bonzai, what happens if there was an earthquake or other incident/disaster that forced students to remain in a room. Wouldn't they need the kit then?

Seems like 3rd world to me.

This "lock down" farce is only done to train the kids to get used to a police state. You're going to tell me the police cannot secure a school so kids can go to the restroom??? Hiding locked in their classrooms like animals in the zoo??? They CAN secure a school, they just don't want to. They get drunk with power and what's more powerful than telling a parent they can't get their kid??? LAUSD Police should have been disbanded years ago, these idiot rentacops are useless and are a waste of taxpayer money!

Lockdown kits (actually named Emergency Preparedness Kits) make sense during emergencies. It's far better to pee in a bucket then down your leg. And such kits are designed for times when being outside of a building is perilous, such as earthquakes, tornados (which California does occasionally experience) and flooding. All classrooms are supposed to have them. If they don't I wonder where the money went....

Although I don't agree with Mr. Oxbent ( who, by the way, moderator, i think he might be a troll) that this is training for a future police state, I will agree that LAUSD cops are a slight waste of resources.

Anyway, I think the kit is practical, but when I was in high school, we were allowed to use restrooms, as long as they weren't in a "dangerous" area. And, we had food delivered, but very little liquids. I think they should have them in classrooms mainly because we're in an earthquake prone area and you have to prepare for the worst.

I work with the LAUSD and these are suppose be purchased by the schools who do not have enough money to buy Xerox paper. I buy everything from hand sanitizer, tissue paper, band-aids, charts and reference materials, and copy paper now I have to buy this with all the furlough days? LA Times you make it seem so Utopian, why don't you get your sponsors to buy us one?

I work with the LAUSD and these are suppose be purchased by the schools who do not have enough money to buy Xerox paper. I buy everything from hand sanitizer, tissue paper, band-aids, charts and reference materials, and copy paper now I have to buy this with all the furlough days? LA Times you make it seem so Utopian, why don't you get your sponsors to buy us one?

I've worked for over twenty-five years for LAUSD and I've never seen a kit like that. (Nor have I ever heard one mentioned.) What I have seen is faculty restrooms without soap, hot water, paper towels, and toilet seats...on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Of course, the restrooms for the school board, superintendent, and administrators are fully stocked and cleaned daily. How's that for equality?

Most classrooms still don't have working computers and enough books. i doubt every classroom has a lockdown kit.

The infamous Dept. of Homeland Security duct tape makes the 'lockdown kit.' Good job LAUSD! Mission accomplished.

tolet seat covers...would help..

How about get rid of those who are causing all these problems and make high school solely for those kids who want to learn?

Lockdown kits should be for prisons, not high schools. If the LAUSD wants to run a juvenile detention center somewhere, go ahead, but IMO, those bringing the violence into these schools should be weeded out long before they get to the metal detector at the front doors. Make schools about EDUCATION not fixing all the ills of society. There should be an entrance exam to get into high school, those in school should be dedicated to learning. If you talk to any inner city high school teacher, you'll know that the vast majority of the kids there don't want to be there, they're not learning, they're not getting anything out of it. We need to stop the delusionthat some miracle educator can convince a bunch of gang banging thugs to give up their bad ways.

As a teacher in LAUSD, for the past 12 years, I have never received such an item from the district. I have my own. In addition, you would think this might be something my Union would ensure we have in the classroom but they seem to have been absent on the issues at hand, as well. Blankets! Where would they be stored? How come district personnel cannot walk around and escort students to and fro the bathroom, deliver water and snacks when the lock downs are long term. There is no set policy contrary to the statements of the district and, once again the students and staff suffer. The staff and teachers deserve commendations for keeping the students safe and secure for those long hours. If you think it is an easy job, you try not going to the bathroom for hours upon hours, not eating, not knowing what is happening and then remember those staff members had children dealing with all this, let alone the cell phone issues. Kudos to the staff and hope this is a spring board for better actions in this terrible scenarios.

Thomas Crapper inventor of the flush toilet should now be replace, oudoor fields, back yards.then have shipped to the high desert, reason. too many people .too little water.

Every Long Beach Unified School District school that I've worked at over the last seven years has a kit for every classroom including the library (I'm a librarian). Our kits include a privacy screen to set up around the porta potty/bucket. When we practice any evacuation drill we are required to show up with our kits and our kids to a prescribed area in order to check attendance and possibly set up for a long term. During a lock down, our kits afford emergency access to a toilet while our minimized numbers of administrative personnel hook up with emergency personnel looking for problem people, potential safety situations resultant of the emergency (broken sewer lines, exposed live wires, fallen/falling walls or ceilings). In the last seven years over a half dozen school sites at which I've worked we've locked down for tornado warnings, neighborhood shooters on the loose, violent parents on the premises, extreme weather when we "shelter in place". We have regular drills and practices and belong to school site command task forces where we are assigned to search and rescue teams, triage teams, control and release of students to authorized persons teams, supervision of students by classroom, team leaders reporting to a site leader regarding ongoing and changing circumstances. It is a massive, but usually well-organized undertaking at each school site. There are communication trees and personnel assigned to communications with the parents, press, emergency response personnel. As teachers we are expected to remain on site until the situation subsides regardless of our own personal family responsibilities.
The bucket is just a minor piece of the procedure. If you've ever "dry" camped, it is a luxury. And dry camping, without running water, or electricity is what you'd be doing in the event we have that big overdue earthquake. And is certainly a better alternative than a child held hostage in a bathroom.

I have been in police work for 36 years in L.A. and I find the lock down a joke... total joke. A lockdown is just that locking down students. If a parent arrives, escort the kid to the school entrance and release them to parents and get them out of the area. Two officers can do this with another officer at the entrance and dozens more in the area searching niches and crannies. Nobody is going to kidnap these children as hostages if the bungling burglar was still around. With armed officers searching, the bungling burglar will lay low or already be gone from the area. You think after the shooting he hid in a house nearby... NO he hightailed it out of the area and was watching the whole scene on TV. Give us a break... lock down... who thought of that lame practice?

Lockdowns are for when there is a possiblity that one or more persons who is armed and dangerous could be on school grounds. It is not for natural disasters or at least it shouldn't be. If there is an earthquack or other weather diaster in which the school building might be rendered unsafe due to structural damage, flood or fire the last thing you want is kids to be locked in a room where they can perish!

I personally know a lot of custodian, plant managers, maintenance workers that work for LAUSD. I was shocked to find out how many supplies, and I mean expensive stuff, goes home with the workers on a daily basis. I know one guy that uses LAUSD lawn maintenance equipment for his own private business. If law enforcement raided workers houses they would find so much missing "stuff" it would make your head spin. Most are dedicated hard working people but a lot are plain crooks.


Chaos and mayhem all evolved around one area - education. Seems to me there is someone deliberately keeping schools down and under their control. I suppose that would be the logical next step since they have already managed to brainwash the adults so lets start with the next generation eh!
These shootings stink of a rat and a sorry excuse for more rights to be taken away. Just wait!

It's a waste of money, students should have enough initiative to find spots to go to the bathroom without a socialist "bucket" shared by everyone.

As a veteran teacher of 20 plus years and one who works in South LA, there was always an emergency kit and toilet in my classroom. Even though, I transferred to another school, I can see the familiar porta-potty on top of the closet and emergency kit under the sink. Lock downs are common in the neighborhood so the children learned to hold their urine or use the potty.

EL CAMINO DID NOT HAVE THESE!!!! I just love how the school is trying to cover up this horrible situation with saying that they had these in the classrooms. When we said that we had to pee in buckets and trashcans we actually meant that. There was no toilet paper or any of those things. Maybe some classes had these kits, but most of the classes did not!

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