These 4 lines may not mean anything to the other employees who received this email in my district today…
Unfortunately, I was not one of those employees.
Back in September, my co-teacher and I were making parent phone calls. In our district, we dial 9 to get an outside line. As a new teacher, it was my first time making a call to an outside line. I picked up the phone, followed the 9 with a 1, and before I knew it, I had dialed 911. In a panic, I hung up before it even had a chance to ring. My co-teacher and I waited to get a call back, but nothing came through.
In this moment, we did not even think about the fact that if the police called back, they would not magically reach our extension– and it was after school hours, so the office wouldn’t answer.
As we left school, my co-teacher spotted police officers outside of our school…I almost had a heart attack! Long story short, I called the police (non-emergency line this time) and apologized for my mistake.
Every time I dial out, I make sure to NEVER make this mistake again.
Needless to say, I thought I was the only person in the district who ever made this mistake…but, apparently I am one of many (sigh of relief).
Now I will never have to feel anxious about making phone calls outside of the building.
Oh, what one simple number can do.
Check out my co-teacher’s Slice of Life to read her point of view! 🙂 https://theteachingbee.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/sol-6-call-8-1-1/