Local Schools Prepared for Bad Weather

As we head into severe weather season, area schools are preparing their students on what to do if it hits.

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As we head into severe weather season, area schools are preparing their students on what to do if it hits.

The procedure is pretty much the same in all schools. At Grant Elementary School in Wausau students practice their severe weather drills two to three times each spring and fall. Principal Chris Nyman says the more comfortable students are with the procedures, the safer everyone will be in the event of bad weather.

A typical drill begins with a severe weather watch, letting teachers and students know they should be ready to evacuate. When a watch turns into a warning, that's when it's time to move. At Grant all 200 plus students go to the basement. Which, with kids as young as kindergarten age, can pose a bit of a challenge.

"I think some of the very typically in some of the very young children, some of the kindergarten students, particularly when we practice those kinds of safety drills for the first time, there are some fears, certainly justifiably so," Principal Nyman told NewsChannel 7.

That's why teachers work extra with younger students, explaining the purpose of the drills. Principal Nyman says that typically means two to three extra lessons for the younger students.

Parents, as much as your gut may tell you to go get your child when severe weather strikes, Principal Nyman says it's much easier if you wait until after the weather threat is over to come pick up your student.
The Wausau School District will actually send text alerts or robo calls to parents if it's necessary for them to pick up their kids.

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