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Upstate Schools Ready If Deadly, Severe Weather Hit Here

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Following Oklahoma's deadly tornado outbreak, drills mean even more to local school administrators.

"When I heard about the elementary school, it just makes you think," said Mauldin Elementary School Principal Michael Parker.

Looking at emergency procedures, here's what we found out. When severe weather hits, your kids are moved to hallways or central rooms with no glass windows. These halls now have these fire doors closed to keep debris out. Also, your child's class has an assigned place to go and take cover.

"We have then sit on their bottoms and cover their heads," said Parker.

This procedure is practiced at least once a year. School leaders in Spartanburg District Five Tell us those practices are the best way to find any flaws.

"We look at all the doors, look at windows," said Abner Creek Academy Pat Paul. "And sometimes we have to make adjustments based on that to make sure it's safe."

Your school leaders are monitoring the weather and working with county emergency services too."

"We give them the tools as far as weather alert radios," Doug Bryson with Spartanburg Emergency Management.

The severe weather plan varies depending on the school, but your child's safety is always involved.

"Parents are trusting their children with us," said Paul. "And we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our children safe."

Many schools have after-hours programs too. We checked, and those students, coaches and volunteers practice the same drills so they are prepared if severe weather hits after classes.

Schools say you can help them keep your kids safe. First, you should become familiar with your school's weather emergency plan. Practice that plan at home. And when your child's school has a drill, talk to your child about the importance of taking practice seriously and treating it like the real thing.

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