A discussion that took place on the last meeting of the executive committee of the Assistant Masters' Association showed that while many assistant masters are anxious to do their duty as citizens under air raid precaution schemes, they are in considerable doubt as to how far they are free agents and just were their duty lies.
The progress made with local schemes varies considerably in different areas, but it is clear that in any scheme provision must be made for dealing with school children in event of an air raid.
Some authorities have decided that the best plan will be to evacuate the children, and are preparing plans for this to be done.
In that case it will probably be the duty of the teachers to accompany the pupils and they will then be unable to act as air raid wardens under the general scheme.
Others have decided that their schools will remain open, and still others that they will be closed. London favours the immediate closing of schools in what is called the intensive phase, with subsequent reopening on the basis of voluntary basis at the earliest possible date.
The headquarters of the association has had many requests from members for advice as to whether they should volunteer their services as wardens. They have been advised that there is no reason why they should not do this, so long as they make it clear that their daily occupation may prevent them from responding if called upon for duty.
The training they will receive will be useful to them whether their duty is to be done with their pupils or with the general public.