Greenville County Schools not planning to dismiss students early due to weather

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Greenville County Schools does not plan to dismiss students early today because of the threat of tornados and severe thunderstorms.

Several school districts in the Upstate and Midlands have either canceled school or will dismiss students early.

“School facilities are constructed to strict standards and all have designated tornado sheltering areas. School facilities in most circumstances provide more safety than homes or other residential structures,” said Beth Brotherton, Greenville County Schools’ director of communications, in a press release.

Tornado warnings generally cover large areas, but there is no way of knowing precisely when, where, or if extreme severe weather will strike, Brotherton said.

If severe weather strikes during dismissal, students will shelter inside until the threat subsides, she said. Anyone on campus at the time will be allowed into the building until and unless conditions deteriorate to the point the front door cannot safely be manned. If severe weather strikes while students are on buses, the buses will proceed to an appropriate shelter and evacuate students as quickly as possible. All schools have weather radios. All buses have emergency radios.

Students who remain home today, or are dismissed early, due to the threat of severe weather will receive an excused absence upon receipt of a note from a parent or guardian stating weather as the reason for the absence.

Parents can sign up to receive alerts via twitter through a new account  created today @gcsalerts.

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