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Monroe By all accounts, last week’s evacuation drill of more than 700 students from North Main Elementary School was a success.
It served as a test of the building’s staff to quickly relocate hundreds of students in a quiet and orderly way to a safe haven several blocks down the street to the Monroe Temple of Liberal Judaism.
It was a test for the Monroe-Woodbury School District’s transportation department to dispatch buses on short notice to carry students from an unexpected location back to school.
And it was an test coordinating first responses from among the school district, Monroe Village Police, State Police, Monroe firefighters and Monroe Ambulance Corps volunteers.
“The kids were unbelievable,” Principal Matthew Kravatz. “The police kept remarking that they had never seen such well-behaved kids following directions.”
Here are just a few photographer Ed Bailey’s images from the morning drill.
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