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Westdale is Closed Friday, June 3, Letter to Families

June 2, 2022 

Dear Westdale families, 

Westdale Secondary School will be closed on Friday, June 3, 2022, as a precaution and to support our shared commitment to safety. The evening performance is also postponed due to the closure.  

The decision to close was made by Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) as a result of new information about a potential threat to school safety.  

Hamilton Police Service continue to investigate this as well as the threat of shooting, which was found written on a bathroom wall, shared yesterday.  

If you have any information you believe could assist police with any criminal activity, please call (905) 546-4925.  

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.  

We want you to know that student safety is of the utmost importance. We thank Hamilton Police Service for their continued support. We will update the community as we learn more.  

This situation may cause feelings of unsafety and anxiety for students and staff.  

Support to Families 

To support your child, caregivers can reference tips for adults supporting children and youth after distressing events.  

Our priority is that students and staff feel safe. Social Work Services will be available when school reopens. At any time, a student can find support for their own well-being or report information anonymously.  

    • Text 905-963-0066. Standard rates apply.  
    • Download the HWDSB Helps app for iOS and Android.  
    • Access the anonymous Web chat (https://hwdsb.info/webchat-help)    

Support to Staff  

Employee Wellness and Support will be available to staff. Staff can also access their Employee Assistance Program access from the staff portal.  

A communication will be shared with Westdale families on Sunday evening.  

If you have any questions, please contact the school via email, westdale@hwdsb.on.ca.  

Sincerely, 

Sue Dunlop  

Interim Director of Education  

Updated on Thursday, June 02, 2022.
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