Emergency Protocols

Threats to School Safety

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, bear sighting or extreme weather.

Hold and 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 occurring 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: fire.

Children in Need of Protection

In April 2000, the amended Child and Family Services Act came into effect. This legislation has an impact on everyone in our community. For Children's Aid Societies, the definition of a child in need of protection because of suspected child abuse or neglect has been expanded. For the school system, every person who has reason to believe that a child is or may be abused or neglected must report his/her suspicions immediately to the Children's Aid Society. The Limestone District School Board is fully committed to supporting staff in meeting the legal requirements of the act.

This law means that:

School staff do not have a choice if they suspect that a student is or may be in need of protection. They MUST report their suspicions to the Children's Aid Society.

When staff report concerns to Children's Aid, they must also share with Children's Aid any information about the concern which might otherwise be confidential.

It is not the school's responsibility to investigate suspicions, evaluate the situation, or assign blame.

Bullying Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention

Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g., online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.

Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies.

Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation.

Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or occur through electronic (cyber) communication.

When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences.


Possessing or displaying weapons of any kind, including real, toy or replica, and all other objects that could inflict or threaten bodily harm, including all types of knives, are not permitted at the school, on any Limestone Board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time. Any weapon found will be confiscated, and potentially involve police contact, forfeiture of the item, and disciplinary consequences.

Tobacco Products, Alcohol, and Illegal Drugs

The school recognizes the benefits of a tobacco free environment to all persons. By law, smoking is not permitted at the school, on Board property, on school buses or while attending any school related activity. School property includes cars that are on school grounds and all lands to the edge of the street. The no smoking rule will be enforced within these areas. In addition, tobacco products (chewing tobacco) may not be used on school property.

Providing tobacco products to anyone under 19 years of age is illegal.

Alcohol and restricted drugs may be addictive and represent a health hazard

using, trafficking in, or providing others with restricted drugs and/or alcohol is illegal and is unacceptable at the school, on Limestone property or at any school-related event or activity at any time. Lighters and drug-related paraphernalia that can be used for substance abuse are not permitted on school property.