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Safe Schools
Threats to School Safety - What you need to know......
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As part of the Safe Schools requirements for schools and the amended Threat Assessment Protocols for the Limestone District School Board, this is information in a condensed form to give you an overview of the efforts made to provide the safe and inclusive education opportunities our students deserve.  It's important for all students and parents to be aware of these school safety procedures.

All schools have established procedures for Shelter in Place, Hold & Secure, Lockdown and Evacuation.  Staff and students will be trained in how to implement the procedures.  As with fire drills, lockdown drills will be held without the prior awareness of students and/or staff.


In order to facilitate common understanding among all community partners, school boards across Ontario, Police Services, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Safety officials are using the following terminology:

  • Shelter in Place - used for an environmental or weather-related situation where it is necessary to keep all occupants within the school (protecting them from an external situation).  Examples:  chemical spills, blackouts, explosions or extreme weather.
  • Hold & Secure - used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing situation outside, but not related to the school.  Example:  bank robbery occuring near a school, but not on property.  School functions normally with exterior doors locked until the situation is resolved.
  • Lockdown - used only when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school.  Overuse or misuse of this high level might result in not taking the lockdown seriously, so please note that two lockdown drills for each school year will occur.
  • Evacuation - used in the event that students and staff must leave a school building due to some environmental concern in the school.  Example:  gas leak in the school or fire.

Please refer to the LDSB website for more information:

Last Modified: Dec 18, 2012
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