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THREATS TO SCHOOL SAFETY:  Response Procedures

In partnership with the Toronto Police Services, the TCDSB has developed emergency procedures that are to be initiated should a high-risk incident take place in or around our school.  Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure and Lockdown represent the three different responses that may be initiated by a school principal in the event of a threat to school safety.

 
Ø  Shelter in Place: Possible Environmental Danger in the School Neighbourhood
A Shelter in Place response is generally initiated by the Toronto Police Service or other agencies, including Toronto Fire Services, having jurisdiction over the incident.  The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff unless they leave the building.  All staff and students will be directed to remain indoors, with windows closed.  Regular classroom routines will continue until the Shelter in Place is lifted.
 
Ø  Hold & Secure: Possible Danger in the School Neighbourhood
A Hold and Secure response is initiated when the threat is proximate to, but not inside the building.  The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff unless they leave the building.  All staff and students will be directed to remain indoors, with windows closed and all exterior doors locked. Regular classroom routines will continue until the Hold and Secure is lifted.
 
Ø  Lockdown: Danger on the School Site
A Lockdown response is initiated when imminent danger is present on the school site and the safety of students and staff is threatened.  Staff and students will be directed to enter the nearest room, lock all doors, close windows, cover inner glass panes, turn off lights, move away from doors and windows and maintain silence until the Lockdown is lifted.
 
In all three cases (Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure and Lockdown) students and staff are directed to turn off cell phones and electronic devices.
 
Lockdown Drills:
During the month of October, and again in the spring, we conduct Lockdown Drills.  Procedures are reviewed with the students and they are told ahead of time that the drill will take place.  They will be reassured that there is no actual danger present.   The purpose of a Lockdown Drill is to prepare the students so that in the event of a real situation, they will be able to react in a practiced, prearranged manner that will allow for a sense of calmness, control and feelings of safety. 
 
Should a real threat to school safety procedure be initiated, the school will inform parents of the event that led to the particular response by letter.   
 
Fire Drills:
Throughout the academic year, we will conduct a minimum of 6 fire drills to ensure that staff and students are prepared in the event of a fire in the building.  Staff will review expectations and conduct practices throughout the school year.  During the drill, students are expected to exit the building through the nearest exit, walking in a quick, orderly and silent manner and assemble in the school yard at their designated location for attendance purposes. 
 
In the event of the need for evacuation:
Primary Evacuation Site:
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church (3170 St. Clair Avenue East)
Secondary Evacuation Site:
Regent Heights Public School (555 Pharmacy Avenue).

 

 

 

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Parents/guardians and clergy are always welcome at Our Lady of Fatima and have a standing invitation to join us at assemblies, liturgies and performances. We ask that all visitors comply with TCDSB policy and begin their visit by reporting to the Office. This will make it possible for us to quickly identify unauthorized persons in the building or in the school yard and maintain the safety and security of our students.