School lockdowns and Hold and Secure protocols are not the same.
On Monday (Jan.22), an armed man robbed a local convenience store, putting eight nearby schools (and some daycares and businesses) on Hold and Secure.
"A different response occurs within our actions when we're dealing with a Hold and Secure versus a lockdown," said Susan Johnson, Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) communications director.
According to EICS, a lockdown is used when there is a security threat inside the building. During a lockdown, all staff/students immediately go to the nearest lockable room. No one is permitted in or out of the room once the area has been locked. Staff/students turn off lights, remain quiet, silence cell phones and stay out of sight lines.
Hold and Secure is used if there is a security risk outside or in the vicinity of the building. Staff and students outside the building are directed back inside. All exterior doors/windows are locked and interior doors remain in a normal state. Staff and students are kept away from windows and doors. Staff and students may be directed to return to their classrooms and to wait for additional instructions.
In both cases, parents or public are not permitted access to the building or to their children until the situation has ended.
Students at EICS practice these situations numerous times each year according to Johnson.