Emergency lockdown procedures

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Emergency lockdown procedures

Our priority is your child’s safety. Sometimes, a crisis situation can unfold inside or near an Ottawa Catholic school which could possibly threaten the safety of our staff and students. To protect everyone involved, we have developed specific emergency procedures to deal with potential threats.

We invite you to become familiar with these procedures. It is important that all members of our school community feel safe when they are in our schools. Learn more about the reasons for an emergency response, what happens in the classroom, and how we communicate these situations to parents.

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.