January 17, 2018 07:55 AM
(ABC 6 News)-- It’s something schools practice throughout the year, preparing for that “what if” scenario.
On Tuesday morning, it wasn't “what if.”
"So basically our fire drill, in essence, that's what we did. and it worked textbook," said Lyle school superintendent Bryan Boysen.
The school day was just underway.
"We had just gotten our language arts assignment and we were working on it," 8th grade Korrie Crouch said. That was until the unthinkable happened.
“We heard this big bang and then it shook for a couple of seconds," Korrie Crouch explained.
“I had just dropped my kids off at school and had driven back around and seen it and thought I can't be seeing this right, this can't be right," Korrie’s mom Colleen Crouch said.
“We have to do our fire drills, our tornado drills, our intruder drills," Superintendent Bryan Boysen said.
“We really do use them because you can pretty much apply them to any type of emergency as long as you're following directions and you listen to instructions," 8th grader Korrie Crouch said.
Within minutes, school staff had its emergency plan in operation.
“They were like trying to get everybody out as fast as possible,” Korrie Crouch said. “None of them were panicking like you would expect, they were staying really calm."
"When we got the notification via our text service it gave us very simple instructions to go to the church which is across the street to pick up our kids" Colleen Crouch added.
"Our Saviors Lutheran church across the street here is our emergency location" superintendent Bryan Boysen explained.
“All the kids who had short sleeves or shorts had to get on a bus so that way we could stay warm" Lyle student Korrie Crouch told ABC 6.
“We went there and were greeted by our principal superintendent Bryan Boysen,” Korrie’s mom Colleen told ABC 6. “I heard him say twice to make sure there's another sweep. Make sure everybody's out."
"The staff was sitting over there organizing stuff like they were busy getting grades into certain rows trying to keep everything organized," Korrie Crouch said.
“It quickly makes you realize that we are family," Bryan Boysen said.
And to Colleen Crouch, who had three daughters in the school at the time, that means a lot: "I trust that staff with my kids’ lives every day."
Superintendent Bryan Boysen said his team will debrief on Wednesday morning to discuss how the emergency response plan worked in practice.
Updated: January 17, 2018 07:55 AM
Created: January 16, 2018 07:32 PM
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