Read our COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy for information about how we’re welcoming students and staff back into schools this September.
Sometimes emergencies happen at schools. To help everyone remain calm and act quickly in an urgent situation, each school has detailed plans that students and staff practise regularly throughout the year.
In an emergency, we may communicate with you in a number of ways. We may call families, post updates on SchoolZone, share information through the Division's social media channels or through local media.
Most emergencies don’t last long and are resolved before the school day ends.
A threat is outside the school. All exterior doors are locked. There are no outside activities. Classes continue as normal.
Lockdowns happen when there is an immediate threat to the school. All interior doors are locked. Staff and students keep quiet and stay out of sight. If staff and students are on a field trip, they will go to an alternate safe site instead of returning to the school. Students will not be released from the school until emergency responders say it is safe.
Schools may be evacuated during a fire, flood or explosion. They may also be evacuated due to a bomb threat. All staff, students and visitors immediately leave the building and proceed to the school’s meeting place. Everyone either stays at the meeting place or moves to an alternate safe site. Staff, students and visitors return to the building only after emergency responders say it is safe.
Staff and students inside the building go to pre-designated shelter areas, which are usually interior hallways on the lowest floor of a building. If the school is damaged and it is safe to go outside, staff, students and visitors may be evacuated.