Today the school held the first of our two Ministry mandated lock down practices. This was a scheduled practice. Teachers where informed weeks in advance and reviewed procedures with their classes. The lock down protocol is initiated when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school or in direct relation to the school. All individuals will move to the nearest secure location and doors will be locked. The police are called to respond and are in control and command of the situation. Only the police can call a halt to a lock down. Staff will keep all individuals away from doors and windows, turn lights off, close blinds(if safe to do so), close and lock room doors, remain quiet, take attendance, be aware of sight lines, and ensure there is no communication with individuals outside of the school.