The 12 Days Of Christmas ~ Storm Shelters

  • We are very fortunate to be able to offer so many learning opportunities and experiences for our students.  In the 12 days leading up to Christmas break, we would like to take time to remember our blessings and countdown just some of the opportunities students, families, staff and the community have by being a part of CPS.

Day 11 ~ Storm Shelters

Exterior view of the Primary Storm Shelter
Exterior view of the new Storm Shelter located at the Primary School

It’s seems odd to discuss storm shelters at Christmas but the number one priority of Cleveland Public Schools is to keep our students as safe and secure as possible.  This encompasses many different issues but one of our greatest fears in Oklahoma is the threat of severe weather.  There is nothing more stressful for a parent than worrying if there child is safe when tornadoes are approaching.  Fortunately, we have the ability to protect our staff and students when bad weather approaches.

We are one of the few districts that have a storm shelter available in every building in our district.  While many districts feel fortunate if they have a single storm shelter for their district, CPS has six!

We love to brag there isn’t a time students and staff are not in close proximity to a storm shelter while they are on campus.  We are very blessed to have this luxury and be able offer our stakeholders a piece of mind.  

Inside view of the primary storm shelter
The inside of view of the new Primary School Storm shelter recently completed.

One of our first shelters built is located in our Event Center.  This site gives us the ability to protect our citizens if a storm to pops up while we are hosting an event.  With our most recent bond issue, we were able to construct an additional storm shelter at the Primary School site to accommodate our growing pre-school program for four year old children.   CPS has a partnership with the City of Cleveland to make this site available to the community this spring during non school hours if the need arises.  

Not only do we make every effort to protect our staff and students, we also feel it is our duty to provide safety to our community.  We thank our citizens for making CPS  a safe and secure place for our children to go to school, even during the most hazardous of times.