Here are the responses schools may take to an emergency situation, depending on the type of threat.
A school will initiate a lockdown if there is a major incident or threat of violence in or near the school. During a lockdown students and staff inside the school will:
• go to the closest room, close the door and lock it, if possible
• turn off the lights and lie down on the floor away from doors and windows
• remain on the floor quietly until further directions are given
Students and staff outside the school will:
• move as far away from the building as possible
• remain outside until further directions are given
Every school will review the key points of the lockdown process with students. The drill is rehearsed twice per year to make sure staff and students know what to do in the unlikely event of a real lockdown.
The term hold & secure will be used when it is necessary to secure the school because of a situation outside and not related to the school. During hold & secure, classes continue normally inside the school, with the exception that all exterior doors and windows are locked and no one enters or exits the building without approval from police or the school. This means parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the building.
The term shelter in place will be used for an environmental or weather-related situation where it is necessary to keep everyone within the school to protect them from an external situation. During shelter in place, no one will be allowed to exit the building.