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GONZALES - Pecan Grove Primary is nearing the end of the school year, but students are still practicing for a severe weather scenario.

This comes after a tornado ripped apart an Oklahoma town and damaged two schools. At least seven children were killed at one of those schools.

"We practice the plan, the children practice the plan, whether it be a weather related incident or any other, so we absolutely know what to do," said Principal Marjorie Meyers.

Administrators tell their teachers and staff to follow the plan in place, unless their better judgement prevails.

"If we followed a plan that wouldn't work for a special situation then it might hurt the kids rather than help them," said Lacie Reilley, a first grade teacher at the school, "at the end of the day that's our job is to keep these kids safe, so we have to make the best decision to keep these kids safe."

Not every school has the same plan, though, it's why East Baton Rouge Schools keep each school's plan readily available.

"We can see the plans for each school at the central office level we can also rapidly share that plan with first responders so they know what's the plan and what students would be doing at the time that there is an adverse weather event," said Susan Nelson, spokesperson for EBR Schools.

Livingston Parish and Central Schools also have similar plans in place.


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