Tornado Procedures

During severe weather, school personnel will be alert for dangerous conditions. Each school is equipped with radios for scanning the National Weather Service. FHSD also follows weather updates for the 63304 zip code on the weather channel web site. It is important to have a family plan in the event that a tornado warning is issued before school. All schools conduct tornado drills with students twice a year to ensure they are aware of procedures.

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 in a storm. If you are in the parent 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
    FHSD consults the weather channel 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 website.

Before School:

  • Keep children at home or in safe location until 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 en 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 child during a tornado warning.  

  • Parents who arrive at school during a warning will be asked to wait inside until the warning is lifted and personnel are available to assist parents.

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 child during a tornado warning.  

  • Parents who arrive at school during a warning will be asked to wait inside until the warning is lifted and the all clear is given, and personnel are available to assist parents.

Buses en 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. To the extent possible, the outgoing message will be changed to let parents know we are under a tornado warning.

  • Parents will be notified via the SchoolMessenger notification system of any changes in transportation, as well as school delays associated with a tornado warning.

  • FHSD will share updates via the District website as soon as information becomes available. 

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