Every classroom in the Teaticket Elementary School now has opaque window shades that will increase safety in the event of a lockdown.
During a lockdown, teachers draw the shades, turn off the lights, lock the doors, and have the children huddle silently in a “safe spot” in the classroom.
The old shades in the school were semitranslucent, and staff was concerned that an outsider could see where the children were sheltering.
Installed over April vacation, the new opaque shades will visually shield the children.
“I feel a whole lot better” with the new blinds, 1st grade teacher Erin B. Crapo said.
On a recent morning just before classes started, Ms. Crapo admired the new blinds with Teaticket School head custodian, Kevin W. Pimental.
Mr. Pimental was born in Falmouth; he attended Teaticket Elementary School when it first opened in 1968, his six children went to elementary school there, and his grandson currently attends.
Mr. Pimental said he is very happy with the new blinds, although, he said, “It’s sad about society these days, that we have to protect ourselves so much.” There have been two lockdowns in the last two years, he said; one when there was a murder up the street, and another when police were chasing a robber in the area.
Mr. Pimental said that the old shades, in addition to being see-through, were also in rough shape—“So why not change them with something that’s going to make them secure?”
The Teaticket PTO raised the $11,524 cost of the new blinds through a mini-golf fundraiser held at the school. “There was not one staff member that didn’t help,” Mr. Pimental said.
The blinds were ordered at a discount through the East Falmouth business, K.C. Drapery & Blind Design.