Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 has developed a School Safety Notification System in collaboration with Ridge Meadows RCMP to keep students, staff and volunteers safe. While it is impossible to anticipate all eventualities, the notifications below are used as a guide to conduct these procedures effectively.
All schools in the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows school district practice important safety techniques to keep students and staff safe during emergencies. We hold three fire drills in the spring and three in the fall; do two earthquake drills per year and participate in the Great BC Shakeout; and also conduct full lockdown drills at secondary and lockdown procedure awareness at elementary.
Used in the event of an earthquake, explosion, or any event that shakes the school.
Quickly move away from obvious hazards
DROP low to the ground
COVER – take cover under a sturdy table, desks, furniture, or other large sturdy items
HOLD ON – to the furniture you are under and stay there until the shaking stops
Once shaking stops, wait 60 seconds and then evacuate via the shortest safe route
Assemble outside at the designated assembly site
HOLD AND SECURE
Used when there is a security concern, such as a police incident, in the neighbourhood of the school.
Principal/designate to announce “hold and secure,” repeating several times
Principal/designate to call District Education Office (604.463.4200) to inform of Hold and Secure
Lock exterior doors and exterior window blinds, minimize activity in hallway
Put sign on front door advising visitors that school is in a Hold and Secure
Normal duties may continue within the school
Hold and secure will be lifted by an announcement from the principal/designate under direction of RCMP
Used to prevent intruders from entering occupied areas of the school, or in times when it is necessary to isolate students and staff from a danger outside or within the building.
Principal/designate will announce “lockdown now,” repeating several times
Principal/designate will call 911 and the District Education Office (604.463.4200) – only when/if it is safe to do so
Students and staff gather in the nearest secure room
Close and secure doors
Turn off lights, close windows and blinds, get down behind heavy furniture or out of sight, stay quiet
All students must turn off cellphones
Do not respond to anyone at the door, and ignore dismissal bells
Remain in lockdown until the room is cleared by authorities
SHELTER IN PLACE
Used as a short-term measure to protect students and staff from potential dangers outside the school (e.g. environmental weather-related emergencies, dangerous wild animals on school grounds, or a missing child).
Bring everyone into school and remain indoors
Secure exterior doors and windows
Close exterior window blinds (if available)
Turn off all ventilation systems (if available/appropriate)
Staff designates will monitor access to school via main entrance
Access may be denied if a risk exists that jeopardizes safety of occupants
Used to move people out of the school when a hazard exists inside. May include floods, potential fire, or a bomb threat.
Students and staff directed to exit school using the safest route
Students and staff to assemble outside at a designated assembly site
Used to move people away from a hazard contained in one room/area.
Students directed to leave the room/area and report to designated area
Principal/designate to call for assistance as needed (e.g. principal/vp, custodian, 911, first aid attendant)
Our vision is for every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their potential.
Our mission is to support all individuals in their development as successful learners, and as respectful, caring and responsible members of society.
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows School District No. 42
22225 Brown Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 8N6 604.463.4200