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4110-42 | Emergency Preparedness - Intruder Lockdown
Date Approved: February 07 2013
Date Reviewed/Amended: November 16 2015
Intruder Lockdown is used when it is necessary to lockdown the school due to a serious and immediate threat in the school. Anyone observing a threat or serious potential threat must contact the office immediately to initiate the lockdown (initiating the lockdown is the first priority).
Intruder Lockdown procedures (these actions happen rapidly)
- The principal or designate will order and announce “Activate Lockdown Now”.
- Repeat announcement several times. If it is a drill, announce it as a Practice Drill.
- If this is NOT a drill, a call will be placed to 9-1-1.
- If safety permits, immediately direct all students, staff and visitors to the nearest classroom or secure space.
- Classes that are outside of the building should not enter the building. Move outside classes to primary evacuation site or an alternate location if possible.
- Lock classroom doors and barricade if possible.
- Leave exterior doors “as is” – do not approach them.
- Move people away from windows and doors. Close and lock all windows and pull curtains or shades.
- Turn off lights.
- Keep out of sight.
- Remain silent.
- Ignore dismissal bells.
- If fire alarms should be activated during a lockdown, students and staff shall not respond as they normally would. Remain locked down if safe to do so. Use critical thinking skills. Be prepared to react if necessary should fire or smoke be detected.
- Cell phones are not to be used except to communicate pertinent information to emergency services. Cell phones should be put in silent mode so communication can be transmitted.
- DO NOT respond to anyone at the door until “all clear” is announced.
- Notify the Superintendent or other Board Office Staff at the emergency phone number:
250-624-5911 (if possible).
- Board Office Staff will send a message to itinerant employees advising them not to go to the school.
- The Principal or designate will announce “all clear” only after the police have advised that it is safe to do so.
- The RCMP will check in with every classroom. Once the RCMP have deemed all classrooms safe the “All Clear” will be announced and further instructions will follow.
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