Volume 51, Number 38

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pickett County School procedures for weather related lockdown

Submitted from Pickett Director of Schools Diane Elder
Once our school system is notified of tornado warnings, we
will go into lockdown.
Lockdown is defined as all students and all staffing being relocated
to safe areas in the building.
Some of the many ways our system is notified of these situations
include the following: During severe weather threats,
there is continuous communications between the local Sheriff's
Office and the Central Office. We use local TV stations, local
radio stations and have a weather radio in place to help monitor
the situation. We also communicate with neighboring school
systems who keep us informed of current weather conditions in
the area.
CURRENT PROCEDURES FOR LOCKDOWN
When the Central Office is notified that tornado warnings
are two counties away, schools will go into lockdown and all
students and all staff will go to designated area.
K-8 designated safe area is just beyond the vending area in
each hall way which is designed with high-wind walls for protection.
High School designated safe area is in the downstairs, underground
locker rooms in the gym.
Each area is equipped with the following:
1. First Aid Kits
2. Bathroom Facilities
3. Drinking Fountains
4. Snacks and drinks will be provided in case of extended
stay.
5. Effective communication with appropriate school officials.
STUDENT RELEASE
Once in lockdown students WILL NOT be released from the
building until the threat of severe weather has passed.
While in lockdown the buses will not run. In the event of tornado
warnings are issued before buses run in the morning,
buses will not run until the tornado warnings have expired.
Theses procedures have been established for the protection
and safety of our students. We appreciate your cooperation. If
you have questions, please call the Director of Schools Diane
Elder at 931-864-3123.

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