QVPS students will be involved in a number of “Lockdown” (Code Red) Practices throughout the year-typically, we have a minimum of 3 practices per year. In a Lockdown Practice, students find a safe location in which to stay while the Lockdown has been announced. Lockdown announcements are usually announced over the school’s PA system. A typical Lockdown announcement would be “Staff and students we have a Lockdown situation.” When it is a practice situation, the principal will always indicate by stating “this is a test”.
An actual Lockdown might be announced if there was a danger in the school or local area.
The goal in practicing Lockdowns is that students know exactly what to do should a Lockdown be announced. Should your child come home and have questions or concerns regarding Lockdown practises (or his/her involvement in one) please discuss this with him/her and always feel free to contact the school if you require further information.
A second possibility that parents should be aware of is that of a “Hold and Secure” being announced. A Hold and Secure might be announced if there was a less serious danger in the school/local area (e.g., a bear was seen close to the school or the police had alerted the school as to something taking place close to the school). A typical Hold and Secure Announcement would be “Staff and students we have a Hold and Secure situation.” If students were OUTSIDE (e.g., during recess) the school’s bells would be rung several times and students are expected to immediately return to their classrooms.