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Parent Message - Sept 27, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thursday, Sept 29th - Orange Shirt Day at School

This week we are recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As you know schools are closed on Friday for this.  Everyone is invited to wear an orange shirt on Thursday in recognition of this important day.  We wear orange shirts to remember that every child matters.  We honour First Nations people and reflect on how every child is special and deserves respect. Classes have been taking part in age-appropriate activities this week to learn more about First Nations people.


School Pictures – October 4th

A School Picture date has been confirmed. It will be next week on October 4th.  An information card will go home this week with background choices. Please return as soon as possible.


Fired drill and lockdown procedures

As part of the school’s emergency plans, we are required to practice fire drill and lockdown procedures. Fire drills have already taken place and this week a lockdown will be practiced on Thursday. A lockdown is used when there is the possibility of danger to students and staff.  This is done by moving students to a safe location in the building. It is presented in a way that does not promote fear, but rather a sense of security. During a lockdown students will move to a safe spot (close together) with their teacher in the classroom. Students wait quietly in this place for any needed direction. Please see below for more information about lockdowns. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Mrs. Wilmot



Notice to Parents – School Safety and Security

This information has been provided through the RCMP in collaboration with the school district.

Staff and students are familiar with lockdowns, but we wish to increase your knowledge of our procedures.

It is important to understand that school staff will implement a lockdown and call police if/and when there is any reason to believe that imminent danger to students and staff may exist. At this stage, everyone in the school will move to a secure location, safe from harm. Police will respond to the school and no one will enter or leave, until the situation is resolved.

The first instinct of parents/guardians is to either phone the school directly or your child, or to go directly to the school.  You are asked not to do any of these, but instead to understand and follow the procedures outlined in this letter.

Roadways need to be kept clear for responding emergency vehicles, and parents and others attempting to drive to the school can slow police and other emergency responders from getting to and securing the area as quickly as possible.  Therefore, if you hear that a lockdown is occurring at your child’s school, do not go to the school. Instead, please wait for messages from the school or the district.  In some instances a staging area could be used.  This area/location would be communicated to parents and parents could go there to receive information provided by the police or school representatives. This location is selected as being far enough from the school to maximize your safety and that of others.

Please be assured that every effort will be made to keep you informed. Experience has shown that incorrect information often circulates during an event when it does not come directly from the police or school representatives.  Please note that, for safety reasons, some situations may require that some information be withheld until the situation is resolved. (In lockdown situations you may also contact the school district by calling 856-3222.)

Aside from lockdown procedures, your child’s school may also implement a precautionary “Hold & Secure” if there is an unrelated emergency situation occurring outside the building or in the neighbourhood that could potentially present a danger to the school. In this situation all doors to the school are locked and monitored. Classes will generally continue but no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the situation is resolved. We also ask that you do NOT go to the school unless asked to do so by school staff.

We encourage you to discuss school safety with your child and to address any concerns they may have. If you have any questions about this or any other issue related to the safety and security of the school please contact the school at 734-3700.