Superior School District updates protocols in year after Husky fire

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SUPERIOR, WI–One year after the Husky fire and explosion in Superior, the city’s school district officials are sharing how they’ve changed their protocols.

On April 26, 2018, Superior students, elementary-aged to high schoolers, had to be evacuated. Many were bused to Amsoil’s corporate offices in Superior, where they waited to be picked up.

Amy Starzecki, Superior’s Superintendent, said after interviews with teachers, staff, and community members, district officials had a few things they wanted to address.

One of the biggest items was communication. In the last year, district officials took part in local and regional training, and developed a more clear emergency communication protocol that allows one person to relay information to a smaller group.

They hope that will mean spreading more accurate and timely information, especially to parents and guardians.

“We kind of identified the types of emergencies and how we will communicate,” Starzecki said. “So families know exactly what to expect, whether it’s a school closing due to a snow day, or a district-wide evacuation.”

Starzecki says caregivers can now easily find those protocols on the district’s website. 

The district also identified exactly what sites would be available to them during an evacuation. Starzecki says there’s a lot of factors, including wind and weather, that they’d have to consider when deciding where to bring the students; however, having some predetermined sites in a geographically large school district would be a big help.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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