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Lockdown - emergency procedure

This is the highest level of response to a threat. Staff call 911, and everyone must remain silent, out of sight, with the lights off, and behind locked doors. Once police arrive, they take command of the school and direct the response. Once the school is released from Lockdown, a Secure School procedure is put in place.


Reasons for initiating Lockdown

  • an intruder is suspected to be a possible threat to staff and student life or safety
  • imminent danger is present on the school site and safety of all is threatened
  • any other circumstance where the school principal needs to ensure student safety

What happens in the classroom

  • exterior school doors and windows are locked
  • lights are turned off on and the classroom door is closed and locked
  • students are not permitted to leave the classroom
  • staff and students stay silent and hidden away in the safest area of the room

Communicating with parents

Police will not allow students to leave the building. Parents, students or outside visitors will not be allowed to enter the school, while it is under the direction of the police. Since all areas of the school will be in Lockdown, the main office will not be able to receive phone calls. Parents will receive an email and/or phone call indicating that a Lockdown has been initiated. Another message will be sent out once it has ended.


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The procedures were formed in partnership with the Ottawa Police Service, and are based on the Guidelines for Developing and Maintaining Lockdown Procedures for Schools in Ontario.

How we communicate

SchoolConnects is one of the communication tools used by the OCSB. It sends out emails and/or phone calls to our parents from contact information listed in our student database. A SchoolConnects message can be pushed out by individual schools to their own school communities, or the Board may send out a message to all OCSB parents.