The district’s severe weather procedures were developed with the assistance of local, state and federal emergency personnel to proactively protect our students and staff. We work closely with the National Weather Service in Norman to monitor approaching storms.
Before making a decision to move to remote learning or a non-instruction day (snow day), EPS administrators monitor and review road and parking lot conditions, temperatures and precipitation amounts. The decision on school closure is not often immediately clear. Oklahoma weather can change quickly. When schools must be closed due to inclement weather, the following considerations are important:
EPS will post school closings to the district’s social media platforms, school websites, and share them with local media. In addition, you may receive a text message about school closures and a push notification from our mobile app.
When possible, EPS will make its decision the evening before.
When weather conditions develop during the school day, schools are generally NOT dismissed early because thousands of parents work and students could potentially be arriving home to a locked house.
If the weather starts to deteriorate during the school day, parents may certainly pick up their student(s) early.
Considerable time and effort go into creating detailed plans and conducting drills during the school year to prepare students and staff should weather become threatening.
When a tornado watch is issued during school hours, site administrators monitor local media and the National Weather Service to stay up-to-date on potentially changing weather conditions.
When a tornado warning is issued or the city tornado sirens are activated in the vicinity during school hours, students take shelter in the building until the “all-clear” is given by the district’s central office.
Students and non-essential staff shelter in the safest refuge areas. Depending on the school that could include hardened safe rooms, underground/partial underground areas or the center part of the building lowest level, away from doors and windows.
Threatening weather that approaches at the end of the school day can present additional challenges. If a tornado warning is in place at dismissal time, we will not release students to go home until the “all-clear” is given. If a watch is in place at dismissal time, students will be released and sent home. Buses will be held and not be in transit when there is immediate pending severe weather. If a bus is in route and the weather dictates immediate action, the bus will seek shelter at the nearest school.
Edmond school buildings are not public storm shelters. The Central Oklahoma Emergency Management Association emphasizes that a personal storm shelter is the best option to protect you and your family during threatening weather.