PCSSD Getting Ready for Severe Weather

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) is preparing for what could be an active weather day across the county.  The district has been in close communications with the National Weather Service which said in an email to the PCSSD "This is certainly going to be the greatest severe weather threat that we have had in quite some time".

As it prepares for the possible storms, the county has put up flyers in the bus barn to remind drivers of the safety protocols.

Among those protocols, buses will not run when a tornado warning is issued.

Lillard Brockette has driven a PCSSD bus for three years, he explained how spring storms are quite different than winter storms, "This is one of the most critical times to me, because it comes at you unexpectedly."

"It's always important for us to slow our speeds down anytime we have severe weather," added Charles Blake, PCSSD Director of Transportation.

Brockette said in order to keep kids safe he visualizes his routes, "I go over my route in my mind daily, especially this time of year, thinking of places where we could seek shelter if we had to."

"The most dangerous situation is if we have a bus out on route when we have a tornado come in," said Derek Scott, PCSSD Executive Director of Operations.

If a storm hits while Brockette and his bus are out, he has a plan, "If nothing else you have to know, where can I get to a big ditch as quickly as possible?"

"Have somewhere in your mind that you know you can make it to, and get the kids off in time and safely."
"Safety is number one.  Getting the children to and from home is our prime goal," added Brockette.

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