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Schools take precaution as bad weather moves in

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mecklenburg school (CMS) officials are pleased with how it reacted to Thursday's bad weather.  Thursday morning Charlotte was under a tornado warning. During that time buses were on the road and students were in class.

The district's procedures call for buses to pull over until it is safe to drive. Buses did that and it caused some students to be late for class.  They were not penalized.

Principals at Phillip O. Berry Academy and South Mecklenburg High School did their part to keep students safe. They instructed their students to go to a safe place during the warning.

"Principals monitor local and national weather reports," CMS Exec. Communications Director Tahira Stalberte said. "To receive the most up-to-date information. Schools are equipped with weather radios to alert staff to severe weather conditions."

CMS says students practice storm drills all throughout the school year.

"When severe weather occurs," Stalberte said. "These procedures are used to protect students."

Charlotte Catholic schools also used caution Thursday morning. It kept its buses at Charlotte Catholic High School until conditions improved. 

Officials sent a message alerting parents busses picking up students would be late.

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