“Covid Lockdown” is a short story written by David Shannon and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. It’s an intriguing short story about a mother and her two young children who decide to go on a camping trip. Unfortunately, everything goes awry when the mother loses her cell phone and then the children are separated. The mother keeps trying to contact them through her cell, but no one ever answers.
It’s important to remember that this story was released in 2021. This means that the author, David Shannon, has had plenty of time to think of what he’s writing. He hasn’t been in a situation where he’s needed to immediately answer a question or make contact with the parents of a missing child. He does this because he wants to create a memorable moment for his readers. If you read “Covid Lockdown,” you’ll notice that the author really did put thought into this one.
The author starts off the piece by describing what he believes is the situation that led to the separation of the children. According to him, a boy was playing with some other children while his mother was at work. He left home to play. He never came back home. Police were called and the mother of the missing child later found her son playing near a dumpster. She described her son as being “disoriented.”
There’s no evidence to suggest that this boy has autism or anything like that. The police did learn that the boy didn’t have a cell phone and didn’t know how to get a call through to his mother. It’s easy to see why he might have run away. The mother was searching the local phone directories for his cell phone number but got no result. What she thought might be a lost child had actually turned up in a Lockdown Coventry situation.
So what to do in covid lockdown? The author has some suggestions. To begin with, the children should always be kept busy during a Lockdown. Find things to keep them occupied such as building towers or sandboxes, or games like hide and seek. The author also suggests that they should use the lockdown to their advantage.
The children should have something to do during the Lockdown. Find stories or read books during the lockdown to give them something to do. This is what a parent would do if their child had autism. You can’t help your child if you don’t know what to do in a crisis situation; the best you can do is to provide information and hope.
The children should also be educated about emergencies. There should be a drill where children are taught what to do in a Lockdown. When you have an emergency, you will have to evacuate the building. Children should go with adults and pass out safety cards. These cards should contain all the information regarding what the adults can do and where they are heading to. Make sure there is plenty of food and water available.
During the Lockdown, the adults in the facility should stay on top of the situation. Have an emergency phone call prepared. Keep everyone updated with what is going on. The kids should know not to panic and just relax and wait it out. At the end of the day, they will come out alright.
After the Lockdown has started, make sure all children know where the emergency contact person is. This person will be in their area or will have contacts. It’s important to get this information before the Lockdown begins. If your child knows this person, he or she is less likely to panic when the Lockdown begins.
Keep the communication lines open between the adults and the children. Let them know that everyone is okay and to keep watching their step. The key is to have a clear line of communication. This doesn’t mean just talking to the kids, but communicating with the adults. Open lines of communication are very important during emergencies.
A couple of things to remember when a parent has to deal with Lockdowns, evacuations, and questionable activities are to do what you can in your training to prepare ahead of time. Get some snacks ready for the kids. Have a list of contact information near your phone. And most importantly, always have a plan for what to do in covid lockdown.