Last week's high winds in the county were nothing compared to the four tornadoes that touched down in western Kentucky, including the EF-2 that caused major damage to portions of western McCracken County.

Thursday's storms passed through quickly, during the school day for all area students, and, as discussed at Monday night's meeting of the county board of education - there would be few places more safe in such a situation than a building on the local school campus.

The tornado drill, a tradition practiced for generations, is still in regular rotation, and administrators can now have students in protected positions, against interior walls and away from windows, in less than 90 seconds. While there, they remain under the supervision of teachers and staff, until the drill, or the actual weather emergency, is over.

Meanwhile, officials in the district's central office keep a close eye on advancing storm systems to anticipate threats and potential impacts.

This multi-layered approach will serve the district's students and employee personnel well in the event of an actual emergency.

The level of attention paid to preparation for such scenarios, and the time devoted for practice, should help minimize the risk of injuries - or worse - to the community's youngest citizens when the next round of severe weather comes.

Kudos to district officals, administrators and staff for keeping student safety a priority.