(this is that continuing story. see the rest by clicking "chapter" among the tags at the bottom of the post)
There were rows of fire trucks blocking the way in, so they parked on the road and walked hesitantly toward the school. They saw no smoke, and no apparent emergencies. The kid was the first to spot the assembled classes lined up on the field in front of the building, being counted. His mother asked if it was just a fire drill, but he had never seen a fire drill with actual fire trucks show up.
They found the principal standing in a circle with a few teachers. He seemed a little bit agitated, with an exterior of calm. The school, he explained had just had what seemed to be a fire alarm malfunction. Would they like to just see the grounds today?