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Local schools review safety plans in wake of Oklahoma tornado

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The tragic, deadly tornado which struck Oklahoma Monday afternoon have area schools thinking about their own safety plans.

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,” Principal Kris Worden told FOX 11.

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,” Al Behnke, director of facilities for the Green Bay Area Public School District, told FOX 11. 

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. 

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 add 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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