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Emergency Plan Concerns Oahu Teacher

Dolores Duchene-Kim Dolores Duchene-Kim
Duchene-Kim was told to duct tape the windows in case there's an emergency involving dangerous chemicals or odors. Duchene-Kim was told to duct tape the windows in case there's an emergency involving dangerous chemicals or odors.
Mauka Lani Elementary School Mauka Lani Elementary School

By Kristine Uyeno

MAKAKILO (KHNL) - An Oahu teacher is concerned that a new emergency drill isn't safe for her Makakilo class.

Dolores Duchene-Kim contacted out talk story line, saying their shelter in place drill is impossible to do.

A staff member at Mauka Lani Elementary School recently handed the fourth grade teacher a roll of duct tape.

"Duct tape the windows and the doors so air can't come in," she said.

Duchene-Kim says that's what she's been told to do if there's an emergency involving dangerous chemicals or odors.

"I counted, there are 66 slats," she said.

In the school's original "shelter in place" plan, students would've evacuated to the library. But this teacher was told it's not an air-tight building. So, students will remain in their classes.

Duchene-Kim says in an emergency, her biggest challenge will be trying to maintain order in her classroom while sealing all the windows.

We talked to education officials who they say this emergency plan is "very common across the state".

Administrator Glenn Tatsuno says they don't encourage teachers to duct tape every single window, but to close them, and use duct tape or towels to cover any other space.

Duchene-Kim says a new building will be constructed here soon, and wonders why it can't be an air-tight building for emergencies. Public school buildings in Hawaii aren't built for emergencies, they're built for weather. This teacher believes, they should be built for safety.

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