AP 129 - Safety Response to Critical Incidents
Safety and security is essential for all stakeholders of the Palliser Regional Schools communities in order to ensure an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. To that end, the Palliser Regional School Board of Trustees and its employees understand the societal realities and possibilities that major incidences of violence can occur. While the School Division recognizes these possibilities, it also acknowledges the importance of providing students and staff with protocols that maintain a high level safety without causing unnecessary stress or anxiety.
Ensuring the safety and security of students in the least intrusive fashion requires a tiered response to situations in schools. The following response and accompanying language must be used when activating this protocol:
Should only be used when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school, or in relation to the school. The over or misuse of lockdowns will result in staff and students becoming desensitized to potential danger. This desensitization may create an under reaction to a serious incident.
HOLD AND SECURE
Should be used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing situation that is outside and not directly related to the school (e.g., a bank robbery occurs near a school but not on school property). In this situation, the school continues to function normally, with the exterior doors being locked and students being kept safe inside. This will remain in effect until such time as the situation near the school is resolved and clearance is granted.
SHELTER IN PLACE
Should be used for an environmental or weather related situation, where it is necessary to keep all occupants within the school, to protect them from an external situation. Examples may include chemical spills, blackouts, explosions or extreme weather conditions.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations are critical in emergency situations. At a minimum, plans should include expectations of staff, students and parents. The following roles and responsibilities must be included in school lockdown plans:
The School Administration (Principal, Vice Principal or Acting Principal):
Staff (Teachers, Support Staff, Caretakers)
- A minimum of two “traditional” lockdown drills that considers threat to staff and students, inside the school One hold and secure drill needs to take place to ensure that staff and students are aware of the procedures in case an external threat is identified.
- Each Palliser School must develop and implement an individual school lockdown, hold and secure and shelter in place plan and communicate it to the parent community.
School Act, Section 45, 57
Board Policy 16 - Safe and Caring Learning Environment
Crisis Response Manual
Effective February 2017