Special needs student impacted by Copperas Cove ISD evacuation plans

Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 19:36:33-04

Copperas Cove ISD’s school evacuation plans have impacted a student with special needs.

Sawyer Clark has spinal muscular atrophy. He's able to walk a little but needs a wheelchair because he can't always control his muscle movements.

"Without it, I couldn't walk long distances," Sawyer said.

Sawyer is a student at Fairview Miss Jewell Elementary School and his mom, Brandi Clark, not only wants her son to be in a good learning environment, she needs to know he will be safe.

Brandi said she asked for a formal evacuation plan from Sawyer's school, but instead of receiving a hard copy, she was promised there is a plan.

Sawyer said during fire drills he sometimes fears getting left behind.

"I don't even really feel safe either. It's because lots of people are running out the door not holding the door for everyone else," Sawyer said.

Central Texas News Now spoke to a Copperas Cove School District official who said they do have an evacuation plan on every campus for every single student, as is mandated by the state.

Other Central Texas school districts who said not releasing evacuation plans is a standard practice because they don't want everyone to have access to the school layouts for safety reasons.

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