Procedures help keep students safe at
Peel schools provide a safe environment for staff and students to work
and learn. The board has many procedures to ensure safety —including regular
fire drills, evacuation plans and criminal records checks for new staff and
Together with Peel Regional Police and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic
District School Board, the Peel board has developed three specific procedures to
help keep schools safe during various kinds of potentially dangerous
situations. These procedures are called Lockdown, Hold and Secure
and Shelter in Place.
Lockdown is used in the very rare situation where a
suspect who is perceived to be dangerous may be inside the school building.
During lockdowns and lockdown rehearsals, the principal will announce on the PA,
"Initiate lockdown procedure." The school bell will ring continuously for a
period of time.
Students and staff inside the school will:
· go to the closest room
and close the door, and lock it if possible
· lie down on the floor
away from sightline of doors and windows
· remain on the floor
until further directions are given
Note: Police have cautioned against parents calling their child's cell
phone as this interferes with the safety measures put in place.
Students and staff outside the school will:
· move as far away from
the building as possible
· remain outside until
the bell is rung once to signal re-entry or until further directions are
If a Lockdown continues past dismissal time, police will direct the
process of how and when students will be released to their parents.
As part of the school's overall safety plan, rehearsals will take place
a minimum of two times during the school year.
Hold and Secure:
Hold and Secure is used when there is a potentially
dangerous situation in the community near the school. For example, if police are
involved in apprehending an armed suspect in the community, they will instruct
the school administration to follow the Hold and Secure protocol. This means
that all outside doors will be locked, all windows will be shut and no one may
enter or exit the building without police permission. Classes inside the school
continue as usual. If a Hold and Secure continues past dismissal time, police
will direct the process of how and when students will be released to their
Shelter in Place is used in the event of an environmental
or weather-related situation in the community of the school that could be
potentially harmful to students. For example, if there is a spill, leak or
release of some kind of noxious chemical in the environment near the school, the
school will follow the Shelter in Place protocol. This means that windows, doors
and air vents to outside air will be shut until the problem is resolved. If a
Shelter in Place continues past dismissal time, police will direct the process
of how and when students will be released to their parents.
In all instances requiring these protocols, Peel schools and parents
are expected to take direction from Peel police. Parents can
stay informed by subscribing to receive updates from their school’s website.
Information about critical situations or dismissal delays will be sent out to
subscribers by email or text message. To subscribe, visit the school website,
click on ‘Subscribe’ and fill in the form. You can find a list of all schools
with links to their websites at www.peelschools.org in the ‘Schools’
section. In addition to the email/text message updates, a letter will be
sent home after the situation to inform parents of what