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Brook County Schools prepare for Thursday's severe weather

Posted at 5:31 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 17:31:40-05

BROOKS COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — With severe weather approaching, the Brooks County School District is doing everything they can to make sure children stay safe.

On Wednesday, district leaders announced a district wide tornado drill would take place in every school. Their plan is to keep students aware of what to do in emergency situations. The district is home to over two thousand students and six schools.

For over two years, Leanna Pledger has entrusted the Brooks County School District to educate her children.

"Its reassuring to know that these teachers care, and they love on our kids,” Pledger said. "I've got two kids in the school system now, one in fourth grade at Northbrooks Elementary and the other one is in 1st grade at Quitman Elementary".

Safety is always top of mind when it comes to her children, and with severe weather heading our way, Pledger says she has total confidence in the school system's safety efforts.

“As far as safety measures go, we get reminder messages and we also get text messages and, of course, there is social media,” Pledger said. “It’s hard to miss any kind of important announcement they have going on.”

Taking safety precautions ahead of the storm is a responsibility Al Williams, the Assistant Superintendent of the school district, takes very seriously.

“Parents trust us with their children,” said Williams. “They send them to us on a daily basis and we want to make sure they are safe."

“Students learned to find their safe zones and be with their teachers,” he continued, “and make sure they knew the proper procedure and proper position to be in in case something does happen so that they can truly be safe.

All after school programs and activities were cancelled, and schools have an early release schedule planned on Thursday.

Here a list of schools that will be closed in our area on Thursday: List of schools closed Thursday