Administrative Guideline - 8420a Severe Weather and Tornadoes


Every spring the Corporation faces the possibility of severe weather and tornadoes. Each school is to monitor a weather-alert radio for severe weather conditions and each principal or supervisor is responsible for setting up procedures for notifying their staff and students about severe conditions and maintaining proper safety.


A tornado watch is a forecast of the possibility of one or more tornadoes in a large area. When a tornado watch is in effect, the Corporation will continue normal activities but move recess and physical education activities indoors. Each building and department shall designate someone to be responsible for continuously monitoring the watch while students are in the building or on the premises. School will not be dismissed early and dismissal time will be at the regular time even if the watch is still in effect.


A tornado warning signals that a tornado has been sighted and may be approaching.

The tornado warning signal is an announcement on the public address system.


A.     Staff shall open all classroom windows and doors and proceed with all students to the pre-designated tornado shelter areas and remain there with the students until further notice.

B.     All groups outside the building are to return to the school and go to their designated shelter area.

C.     Disabled students who need assistance are to be assisted by the person designated to assist them for building evacuations.

D.     No student shall be allowed out of his/her designated area unless his/her parent comes to the school and requests that the student be released. A student is to be released only to his/her parents.


A.     Students shall line the interior hallways as quickly and safely as possible away from glass and sit with their backs to the interior wall, knees drawn tightly to their chests, face positioned between their knees, and their hands over their necks. Students in wheel chairs are to remain in their chairs with the back of the chair against the interior wall.

B.     Students shall remain quiet to wait for instructions.

C.     Staff members shall remain alert for students who evidence signs of stress or panic, and when necessary, move such students to an area where they will not influence other students and remain with them until the all-clear signal is given.

The principal shall give the all-clear signal and provide further directions.


A.     Spaces that are opposite doorways or openings into rooms that have windows in the exterior walls, and areas with large roof spaces.

B.     Interior locations that contain glass, such as doors, windows, display cases and the like.

C.     Areas where doors swing. When the storm hits, the doors are likely to swing violently.

D.     Corridor intersections (stay at least ten (10) feet away).