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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.


LAPD defends massive dragnet for gunman who shot officer

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

Teacher, students shared food, kept spirits high inside El Camino Real High classroom

-- Howard Blume

Image credit: LAUSD

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Well, an earthquake kit is in place, but never saw this kit and know admin. is woefully unprepared for any unforseen disaster or extended lock downs like this. Principal and his APs clearly indifferent to safety and welfare of students, so concerns about comforts like tissue to wipe with after urinating in some cup is certinly a stretch.
Such preperation seems unlikely at school, where those in charge are more concerned with political plans, professional ambition or exacting punitive retribution against anyone that dares to have different opinions. One AP sees an outbreak of brawling just off campus after school and, I kid you not, zips off in another direction. When one truant was killed in drive by just off school grounds, the principal screamed at a young teacher who had let students leave a minute before dismissal bells rang the day before: "See what happens when you let students out early?"
One incdent had no bearing on the other ; the poor rookie has been put through the ringer and this guy allows kids with special needs to go to classes with no emergency plans, IEP or legally required accomodations in place. My efforts to secure some for a child with MD in wheelchair that weighs 3000 lbs proved futile and frustrating. The child can literally break if not handled gently, so I had reason to be concerned in 2cd floor classroom, chaos the only constant on campus and this kid my responsibilty--his special education teacher and her supervisor sure didn't give a rat's a** about him. Or any of the children forced to rely on them.
Thankfully the situation remained mostly hypothetical, and his other teachers and I did their work for his sake-- it is typical. These criminally incompetent careerists gravitating away from classroom duties to coordinators, coaches and yet more unnecessay administrator positions often let self-interest compromise the well-being, education and safety of students who need it most.
It is an endemic condition at LAUSD, where teachers and students get caught up by the lunacy idiots like these enable. Officials made conditions what they are GHS, but promise heads will roll because RANDOM metal detectors were not employed according to policy--which educrats make up as they go along.These schools had these kits when other area HSs do not because the suits know Lock Downs that last hours are a way of life on these campuses. Consider this. THEY actually anticipate there will be sitations like this and this kit represents a proactive effort to resolve the problem.
Reform in education should not be trusted to people who use this sort of logic

My daughter, who works for Torrance USD, has a toilet kit as part of a set of emergency equipment designed to provide some care and safety for students when being outside is dangerous, while parents are en route to pick them up after an earthquake, when there is a problem at the local oil refinery, etc. When I worked at the same school, I received a similar kit updated as needed with fresh supplies.

I worked at Banning HS (LAUSD) for 4 years and never saw anything that could be called a toilet kit. My last year there I did receive a first aid kit (the type you get cheaply at CVS). I did have plenty of kleenex which was ordered for everyone in the dept. as part of our CLASSROOM supplies. Yes, the $ was supposed to go for pens, paper clips, etc. but since the building was perpetually dirty and the kids were always sick, I would rather have tissue than an abundance of paper clips & pencils (I bought that stuff on sale out of my own pocket.)

I know many people might not understand this, but going through a "lockdown" is a reality that many school campuses go through. Lockdowns can take a few minutes to a few hours. I've been through few lockdowns and one of them once required buildings and floors swept by authorities to find an armed perp. Some might chuckle at the idea of a bucket for emergencies, but if a campus is unsafe, then a locked classroom might be safer place to be. Bottom line, all lockdowns and emergencies are different. It’s important that emergency protocols are put into place. Though it’s easy for some to find humor in a bucket, the reality is that most public school are also designated areas for emergencies during disasters. Many shipping containers that many people may see on campuses, are filled with water and food. As for the availability of the kits, most of the kits are distributed to new teachers as part of their induction programs. Many veteran teachers may not have them yet.

should there be food in this lockdown kit? granola bars or something.

I've taught in LAUSD since 1987, almost all of it in South Central L.A. I have never seen or even heard of such a kit and we did have lockdowns at Fremont sometimes. Maybe the District ought to let teachers know... or are we too busy doing test prep?

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