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Calvary Day conducts tornado drill during Severe Weather Week

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Students participate in a tornado drill at Calvary Day School. Students participate in a tornado drill at Calvary Day School.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Calvary Day participated in a tornado drill Wednesday morning. At 9 a.m. the principal instructed students to take cover over the PA system.

Calvary Day School has several buildings with multiple grade levels, so the drills are conducted to make sure no student is lost or happens to walk outside. The goal is for everyone to be in place in less than three minutes. However, Wednesday, the school got it done in less than two minutes, which is a school record.

"You need to take this serious because it is a situation where you can get really hurt. It is important to be safe," said Tynley Smeltz a, fifth-grader at Calvary.

The principal of Calvary Day, Dr. James Taylor, is responsible for all the students and teachers and is the last person to check everyone into place.

"Our whole purpose is to make sure everyone knows what to do without thinking about it. We want this to be second nature to them and when it is second nature you can handle any situation or pressure that comes your way," Taylor said.

The statewide tornado drill has been rescheduled for Friday due to bad weather.

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