The high school was also used as a mobile command center for several law enforcement agencies, Reedy said.
A little before 4 p.m., all high school students who walked to school or could access Martins Branch Road with their cars could go home, Reedy said.
Shortly thereafter, buses from the Tuppers Creek area bus garage were able to pick up some students who live south of W.Va. 21, said Jarrett, the county safety director.
About 5:30 p.m., more buses came for the students from Sissonville Middle who lived south of W.Va. 21, she said. Road closures forced bus drivers to take the long way around to get students who live north of the road home.
About 150 students were taken by bus around the site via the Elkview area or picked up by parents. Others were picked up by their parents, Jarrett said.
By 6:30 p.m., no more students remained at the schools, she said.
There were 440 students who did not walk or drive themselves home, Jarrett said. The school system worked to provide them food: Reedy said there were snacks and activities available at his school.
The combined enrollments of the four schools is a little more than 2,100, according to state records.
Sissonville Elementary School lost power and gas service, Jarrett said. Late Tuesday, officials were trying to determine if the school would open today.
Jarrett coordinated the response from the Metro 911 Center in Charleston. She said it made it easier to get information to those affected faster.