Greg Teems, Polk County School District Director of Student Services, said calls were made to Eastside Elementary School and Rockmart High School just before lunch.
Some 800 elementary students were put on school buses and taken to Rockmart Middle School, he said.
“We had our buses on standby. It was easy to call them over there and it was very organized,” Teems said.
The threat to the high school was phrased in such a way that officials felt there was no immediate danger, so that school was not evacuated, he said.
Both schools have been swept by law enforcement with nothing found.
The biggest problem the threats caused was lunch scheduling. RMS now had both groups to feed since the threats were called in just before lunch.
“The eighth grade had just finished up and now they are feeding the elementary kids,” Teems said at 1 p.m. today.
Eastside Elementary School students will finish lunch at Rockmart Middle School before heading back to their school.
“Our main concern right now is to get the elementary kids fed and get them back to their school in time for the buses,” he said.
He said the school had a system in place for parents picking up children early. Otherwise, parents can pick up their children at Eastside as they normally do in the afternoons, he said.