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.
Download a copy of our School Safety Notification System poster.
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD
Used in the event of an earthquake, explosion, or any event that shakes the school.
HOLD AND SECURE
Used when there is a security concern, such as a police incident, in the neighbourhood of the school.
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.
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).
Used to move people out of the school when a hazard exists inside. May include floods, potential fire, or a bomb threat.
Used to move people away from a hazard contained in one room/area.