Do the schools in Tornado alley have concrete basements?
The governor was on the phone with CNN (he's in Washington DC now) and was asked that same question. He said that almost no one has basements, but all (or most) buildings have 'safe rooms'. His wife was home and they have no basement either.
Apparently, the safest place in the school was the hall, which had thick walls. But no basements in either school.
No word on the other school or their kids.