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Schools take action to keep students safe

Published: 3:08 PM, 01/30/2013 Last updated: 8:33 PM, 01/30/2013

Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

Sweetwater City Director of Schools Dr. Melanie Miller and Monroe County Director of Schools Mike Lowry have monitored weather throughout the day.

Miller said they determined it would be best to keep students in school since a tornado warning was in effect.

"We hope to never have students on buses during that type of forecast," said Miller. "We knew that flooding might be occurring. However, the possible tornado danger took priority."

When Monroe County was placed under a tornado warning, all schools took appropriate tornado drill positions until the warning had expired.

Both directors kept in contact with police chiefs and transportation officials throughout the afternoon. At 1 p.m., Sweetwater Police Chief Eddie Byrum reported that the water that had covered some roads was receding.

Principals in all schools were put on alert this afternoon to remain at schools, as bus drivers have been directed to return students to their individual schools if some roads are still problematic. 
As of right now (3 p.m.), both school systems plan to have school tomorrow, but will continue monitoring the weather conditions throughout the night.

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