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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

A recent report says West Virginia's schools are ready to deal with disasters.

Save the Children's annual National Report Card says West Virginia meets all of the organization's standards for protecting students and children in child-care services. The state is one of 17 that meet all of the standards.

The report commends West Virginia for ensuring school disaster plans include measures to accommodate children with special needs.

According to the report, 27 states don't require all child-care facilities to have a plan that accounts for children with disabilities.

Mike Pickens with the West Virginia Department of Education said in an interview with the Charleston Gazette that his agency works closely with the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.