Moore school district plans to bus kids to safety this severe weather season

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MOORE, Okla. – Erin Guth spent Wednesday morning preparing for possible severe weather.

“I was getting my storm shelter cleared from, you know, so we have easy access and preparing, getting our documents and blankets and everything ready for the shelter and get them in there,” Guth said.

She said her daughter’s school, Briarwood Elementary in Moore, is also ready.

“They have storm shelters in every other classroom,” Guth said. “It’s just what they’ve been able to do with the building materials and everything like that nowadays, it’s just, I feel very secure that she’s over there.”

But, there are still nine schools in Moore that don’t have tornado shelters.

Now, the district said they have a plan for the kids at those schools. If there is a tornado watch and the district decides to release kids early from school, they will bus kids at schools without shelters to schools with one.

“If the district goes to an early release, then there are so few kids left at schools anyway that it allows us to take the remaining kids that are at a school without a shelter to a school with a shelter,” said Dustin Horstkoetter, director of Safety and Security for Moore Public Schools.

Horstkoetter said they will still give parents plenty of time to pick up their kids from school before transporting them. But, they will also make sure the buses are not out in severe weather and they get those kids that weren’t picked up early to a safe place well ahead of the storm.

One example is Apple Creek Elementary in Moore. They do not have a storm shelter there yet. So, those students would be bused about three miles away to Timber Creek Elementary.

Students at Southmoore High School, where their shelter is not quite complete, would be bused to Plaza Towers Elementary.

“As long as they have the plan beforehand and we’re not last-minute scrounging, that’s all that matters,” said Moore parent Ashley Aduvigen. “For us to know exactly where they’re going to be at, it made me feel better.”

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