GREEN BAY - Area schools say the possibility of severe weather here and the images from Oklahoma have them reviewing their own safety plans. That plan goes far beyond just ducking in a hallway.
Seeing the destruction at Plaza Tower Elementary in Oklahoma, Chappell Elementary School's principal says her concerns turned toward the 380 little ones who walk through its halls each day.
"It would be devastating and I thought immediately of our school and how it would be quite scary to have to go through that and hoping our kids would be prepared," said Principal Kris Worden.
Green Bay public school officials say while safety is on their minds, no further tornado drills are planned.
Schools last held drills during Severe Weather Awareness Week in April.
"Classes go into the hallways and to the safe areas of the schools, basements if we have them and if it's appropriate. So, all of our schools did participate in that last month," said Al Behnke, director of facilities for the Green Bay Area Public School District.
Every classroom in Chappell Elementary has its tornado emergency plan posted, so students know what to do. But teachers also use cards. A red card means a child is missing. And that can help with keeping people accounted for.
Green Bay schools say much of its district wide plan focuses on knowing where the children are during a disaster.
Reunification became a problem in Oklahoma Monday as parents searched for surviving children.
"We also have plans in place for reunification of families and children. So, if something were to happen in our schools where there was some destruction where we would have to move the children somewhere else that was safer," said Barb Dorff, the executive director of pupil services for the district.
"The church on the corner by our school is our safe zone and we would absolutely try to hook up families in that capacity," said Worden.
Worden says her staff is ready and willing to do whatever it can to ensure student safety.
But the staff hopes it is a plan they never have to enact.
School officials say safety plans aren't just for school.
They say it's also important for parents to talk to their children about what to do at home in case severe weather strikes.
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