Tornado Watch/Warning Procedures:
When a tornado watch is issued during school hours, site administrators monitor local media and the National Weather Service to stay up-to-date-on potentially changing weather conditions. When a tornado warning is issued or the tornado sirens are activated in the vicinity during school hours, students take shelter in the Francis Auditorium (an above ground storm shelter) until the “all-clear” is given by the central office.
Threatening weather that approaches at the end of the school day can present additional challenges. If a tornado warning is in place at dismissal time, we will not release students to go home until the “all-clear” is given. If a watch is in place at dismissal time, students will be released and sent home. Buses will be held and not be in transit when there is immediate pending severe weather. If a bus is in route and the weather dictates immediate action, the bus will seek shelter at the nearest school.
If you choose to keep your child home or check them out early due to weather conditions, please be advised that attendance requirements remain in place. You may contact the school to report your child absence.
Considerable time and effort go into creating detailed plans and conducting drills during the school year to prepare students and staff should weather become threatening. We want to assure you that the care and safety of your child is of the utmost importance.