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Secure Schools

Last updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

Terminology is important when there is a situtation that impacts the safety of students and staff. Three new terms are now used by schools, police, and members of the media during such events. The term “Lockdown” must be used appropriately and leave no misunderstanding as to what is expected.

Lockdown: Potentially violent situation at the school

Hold and Secure: Safety situation in the neighbourhood external to the school

Shelter in Place: Potentially environmental hazard outside the school

Policy 6.1 Safe Schools Pillar

Communication to Parent/Guardian in Secure School Situations

  • HWDSB will post safety updates on its website: www.hwdsb.on.ca
  • Synrevoice messages will be sent to the parent/guardian’s contact phone number provided to the school.
  • Corporate Communications will be in contact with local media outlets. Watch or Listen to the following: CHCH TV – Channel 11, 102.9 KLITE FM , CJXY-Y108 FM , 820 CHAM AM CHML 900 AM, Oldies 1150 AM, WAVE 94.7, CKPC 1380 AM
  • During such events, cellphone use between parent and student is restricted. Phone lines must be free for emergency services.
  • Terminology is important when there is a situtation that impacts the safety of students and staff. Three new terms are now used by schools, police, and members of the media during such events. The term “Lockdown” must be used appropriately and leave no misunderstanding as to what is expected.
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