Sunday, December 21, 2014

School leaders reminded of the need to be prepared for severe weather

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Leaders of local school districts feel the pain of their counterparts in Oklahoma.

Hearing stories of teachers lying on top of students in order to save their lives from Monday's devastating tornado, local superintendents are reminded the lengths to which educators will go-academics aside-to ensure the safety and well-being of their students.

Local school leaders are also reminded of the need to be prepared for severe weather.

At Sauquoit Valley Central School, there is a plan for severe weather. The superintendent says it's not practiced with the same frequency as fire and lockdown drills.

"Evacuate the classrooms to the hallways, get from the higher floors to the lower floors, try to put layers of floors above you. We're not equipped with large basements where we can get everybody down there," says Superintendent Ronald Wheelock.

"I think the big things you have to worry about are windows blowing out or in some cases blowing in so if you can put layers of walls between you and the children and the staff..."

Wheelock says incidents like these, regardless of where they happen, make local districts re-examine their own disaster preparedness.