|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.
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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