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Moore Tornado Tragedy Leads to School Safety Concerns

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With 2 schools left devastated and several students killed yesterday in Moore, many are wondering, how safe are the schools we send our children to for learning?

"You know, I think, unfortunately, none of us can ever say -- even with our own personal children or in our homes -- we can never say we're 100% safe," said Bonnie Rogers with Jenks Public Schools.

With a tornado ripping through two schools and killing several students yesterday in central Oklahoma, some are wondering if severe weather drills, used by schools, are enough to keep students safe. Rogers said those standard "crouch & cover" drills are practiced in Jenks, on a regular basis. "they practice this with their teachers and we do tornado drills, at least, once every nine weeks," said Rogers.

But, is that enough? Rogers says the option of installing underground shelters in the schools is next to impossible in Jenks, because the city's water levels get so high, leaving an underground structure, out of the question.

Rogers admits, when a major tornado strikes, a shelter is probably your best bet for safety. "It's one of those things that, if a tornado of that magnitude were to hit, it's -- unless you're underground -- it's difficult to have a place that would be perfectly safe."

But she pointed out that the school system is well-prepared for emergencies, with certified emergency responders on every campus and a staff prepared for any emergency, from a cafeteria fight, to a tornado.

"I think that in Jenks, we are in a position where, we put our students in the safest, possible condition that we can," said Rogers, adding that the school system trains staff, every two years to be prepared for scenarios, just like the one seen yesterday, in Moore.

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