It's been two days since a tornado
ripped through Moore, Ok nearly destroying the town along with two schools; now
one local school is re-evaluating their safety plans.
Even though it's the last week of
school for students at A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Principal Elizabeth Schad
is not wasting any time preparing for next year's safety plans.
"When I look at the pictures
and the video from Oklahoma, I can't imagine if that happened to my school,"
The EF-5 tornado that nearly
leveled two schools in Oklahoma hits home for educators.
"It's just very tragic
because you know we cannot control the weather, all we can do is be as prepared
as we can in case of inclement weather," said Richmond County Deputy
Superintendent Tim Spivey.
Spivey said in the event of a
tornado warning, students are to go into the halls away from the windows and
crouch down; however Principal Schad wonders if that is enough.
"Are we taking the kids to
the safest place they should be; is once year enough for an annual tornado
drill?" said Schad.
Richmond County requires at least
one tornado drill a year but after the destruction in Oklahoma, Schad said
she's considering having more than one because you can never be too prepared.
She showed FOX54 the school's designated
places and where every classroom has a safety plan posted on the wall in the
event of a tornado but she said there are always ways to improve.
"One thing I want to do is
to meet with my leadership team prior to the beginning of this next school year
and look at the diagram because buildings change and there might be empty rooms
that could be utilized for something where last year it wasn't," said Schad.
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