ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATION
A tornado or an enemy attack is signaled by air raid sirens. The warning is a continuous signal for three (3) to five (5) minutes. Should this signal be given during the school day, except when a pre-announced test of equipment is scheduled, it is a "take cover" signal and shall be obeyed immediately.
Building administrators are responsible for conducting practice tornado drills at least twice per year. The signal for a "take cover" drill or an actual alert must be clearly distinguishable from that for any other emergency. It should signify that persons in the building are to proceed to predesignated shelter areas.
Shelter areas should be adjacent to an inside wall and, if possible, in the basement or on the lowest level of the building. Teachers will make an attendance check on arrival in the shelter area and will remain with their students throughout.
In all "take cover" situations, first aid kits and other emergency equipment shall be provided in shelter areas. The "all clear" signal following a tornado or enemy attack will be the same as that used after a fire or fire drill.
Revised: December 07, 1999