FARGO — Fargo Public Schools will stage an emergency drill to practice procedures to evacuate a school and reunify students with their families.

The drill will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 at North High School.

At about 8:30, Madison Elementary School will conduct an evacuation exercise. Procedures will be started to evacuate the school’s kindergarten through fifth grade classes via buses to North High School in a simulated emergency evacuation, relocation, and reunification drill.

Once at North, the Madison Elementary students will proceed to the reunification location, where North drama students will arrive to reunite with their student via the reunification process. A variety of reunification scenarios will be tested.

The event is only a drill. There is no real emergency, and parents do not need to reunite their Madison students at North High School.

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Fargo Public Schools is staging the drill to test evacuation, transportation and reunification processes to be better prepared should a true emergency situation occur. This is the sixth time in recent years the school district has staged an evacuation drill.

Madison and North students and their families have been notified through school announcements and Connect ED voice messages to the students’ homes. All Madison students will return to the elementary school by about 11 a.m.