West Clermont Local School District
Administrative Guidelines
 

8420A - SEVERE WEATHER AND TORNADOES

Every spring the District faces the possibility of severe weather and tornadoes. Each school is to monitor a weather-alert radio for severe weather conditions and each Principal or supervisor is responsible for setting up procedures for notifying their staff and students about severe conditions and maintaining proper safety.

Tornado drills are required to be conducted each month during the tornado season when school is in session. Such drills shall be conducted in conjunction with the fire drills or rapid dismissals and school safety drills set forth in AG 8420 - Emergency Dismissals. During the tornado drills, students must be instructed in the appropriate procedures to follow in situations when there is a tornado watch or warning. The Principal shall designate, in accordance with standards prescribed by the firm marshal, appropriate locations to be used to shelter students in case of a tornado watch, tornado warning, or an actual tornado.

Tornado Watch

A tornado watch is a forecast of the possibility of one (1) or more tornadoes in a large area. When a tornado watch is in effect, the District will continue normal activities but move recess and physical education activities indoors. Each building and department shall designate someone to be responsible for continuously monitoring the watch while students are in the building or on the premises. School will not be dismissed early and dismissal time will be at the regular time even if the watch is still in effect.

Tornado Season

The tornado season is the period from April 1st through July 31st.

Tornado Warning

A tornado warning signals that a tornado has been sighted and may be approaching. A tornado warning signal is a siren activated by local government and/or an announcement on the public address system.

Procedures

 

A.

All groups outside the building are to return to the school and go to their designated shelter area.

   
 

B.

Staff shall proceed with all students to the predesignated tornado shelter areas and remain there with the students until further notice.

   
 

C.

Disabled students who need assistance are to be assisted by the person designated to assist them for building evacuations.

   
 

D.

No student shall be allowed out of his/her designated area unless his/her parent comes to the school and requests that the student be released.

   
 

E.

A student is to be released only to his/her parents.

   
 

F.

Proceed to predetermined shelter areas.

   
 

1.

Students shall line the interior hallways as quickly and safely as possible away from glass and sit with their backs to the interior wall, knees drawn tightly to their chests, face positioned between their knees, and their hands over their necks. Staff members shall assist disabled students if necessary. Disabled students who cannot assume the position described above even with assistance shall lie prone on the floor, underneath a piece of heavy furniture if present in the interior hallway.

   
 

2.

Students shall remain quiet to wait for instructions.

   
 

3.

Staff members shall remain alert for students who evidence signs of stress or panic, and when necessary, move such students to an area where they will not influence other students and remain with them until the all-clear signal is given.

     
 

4.

The Principal shall give the all-clear signal and provide further directions.

   
 

G.

Areas to be avoided:

   
 

1.

spaces that are opposite doorways or openings into rooms that have windows in the exterior walls, and areas with large roof spaces;

   
 

2.

interior locations that contain glass, such as doors, windows, display cases and the like;

   
 

3.

areas where doors swing;

   
 

When the storm hits, the doors are likely to swing violently.

   
 

4.

corridor intersections (stay at least ten (10) feet away);

Revised 2/3/16

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