CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — School districts in central Virginia say they are taking steps “to keep students safe” as severe storms hit the Richmond area and tornado warnings continue to be extended.
Chesterfield County Schools announced they were sheltering in place Friday afternoon due to severe storms and a tornado warning in the area.
The school division made the announcement at 1:25 p.m. and warned parents not to attempt to pick up their children. In a tweet at 2:19 p.m., the district said schools are still sheltering in place.
Shortly before 3:45 p.m., Chesterfield Schools announced that the tornado warning had been lifted and shared the following dismissal schedule.
Henrico County Public Schools sent a tweet at 1:46 p.m. saying “schools are taking steps to keep students safe” and telling parents they are not allowed to come to get their children.
“HCPS Families and staff: Today’s tornado warning is now over. Student dismissal will begin with elementary schools, followed by middle and high schools,” the district wrote in an updated tweet around 3 p.m. “As a reminder, all after-school activities and childcare programs housed in Henrico schools are canceled for Friday.”
According to a tweet from Hanover County Public Schools, students, faculty and staff at all county schools east of Route One are sheltering in place.
“Please also note that visitors will not be able to enter our school buildings and students will not be able to leave our buildings until it is deemed safe to do so,” Hanover Schools wrote in the tweet.
Shortly before 3:15 p.m., Hanover Schools announced that the tornado warning had expired and students. faculty and staff were no longer sheltering in place.
“Elementary schools are preparing for dismissal. Middle and high schools will release on time, with delays for those students utilizing bus transportation,” the district wrote in an updated tweet. “Those students will remain supervised inside our schools until buses arrive. Parent pickup may proceed as normal.”
You can view the latest severe weather information for Central Virginia here.