SSD Tornado Procedures and Communications

  • During severe weather, school personnel will be alert for dangerous conditions. Each school is equipped with radios for scanning the National Weather Service. SSD also follows weather updates for St. Louis County on www.weather.com. It is important to have a family plan in the event that a tornado warning is issued before or after school. All schools conduct tornado drills with students and staff twice a year to ensure they are aware of procedures.

     

    Types of Tornado Alerts

    • Tornado Watch: During a tornado watch, or other threatening weather, school officials are alert for developing and dangerous conditions, and actions deemed necessary for safety will be taken per building procedures. Phones will be in operation for emergency calls and for preparedness. Outside calls may not get through during a weather event.  
    • Tornado Warning: During a tornado warning, when sirens have sounded, seek shelter. Do not attempt to pick up students at schools. Disaster experts advise that automobiles are among the most dangerous places to be during a storm. If you are in the pickup line, please go to the school to seek shelter. Communication will be limited during the tornado due to the supervision of students and the limitations the weather may present.
    • All Clear: SSD consults www.weather.com for the tornado warning expiration and all clear notice. The siren silencing does not mean the warning has ended. After the all clear is given, students may be picked up by parents. Depending on the time of day the all-clear is announced, buses may run later than normal. Any special announcements to parents will be made via the SchoolMessenger notification system and District/school websites.

     

    Before School

    • Keep children at home or in a safe location until the tornado warning is lifted. We want to ensure students are not waiting at bus stops during this critical time. 
    • School buses will be held at the bus garage. The start of school day will be delayed until the tornado warning is lifted and the all clear is given.
    • If buses are in route, they will proceed to the nearest school or other predetermined location, and remain there until the warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.

     

    During School Hours

    • Students and staff will move to designated safe places and proceed into the precautionary duck and cover position.
    • Please refrain from coming to school to pick up your student during a tornado warning.  
    • Families who arrive at school during a warning will be asked to wait inside until the warning has lifted and personnel are available to assist families.

     

    At Dismissal

    • Students will not be dismissed from school while the area is under a tornado warning. 
    • Students will be held at school and buses will not be allowed to transport students until the tornado warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.
    • Please refrain from coming to school to pick up your student during a tornado warning.  

     

    Buses in Route

    • Buses will proceed to the nearest school or other predetermined location. 
    • Drivers and students will remain at that location until the warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.

     

    Communication Procedures

    • Phones may not be answered during a tornado warning, as students and staff will be in the precautionary duck and cover position.
    • Parents will be notified via the SchoolMessenger notification system of any changes in transportation, as well as school delays associated with a tornado warning. 
    • SSD will share updates via the District and school websites as soon as information becomes available.