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Emergency Preparedness

Staffs, students and visitors in Ontario’s schools have the right to learn, work and be present in a safe and secure environment. However the possibility of a major incident of violence is a reality which cannot be overlooked. Everyone who spends any amount of time in an Ontario school on a regular basis needs to know how to protect themselves and how to protect our children, in the event of a major incident or threat of school violence.

Publicly funded schools in Ontario are committed to providing and maintaining a Safe School environment. Much has been accomplished around the issue of Safe Schools since the introduction of the Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol in 2000, and more recently with the passages of Bill 212, which amended the Safe Schools provisions of the Education Act, and Bill 157, the Keeping our Kids Safe at School Act.

The Ministry of Education, School Boards and Police from across the province continue to work in partnership to create safe school environments, and to prepare in the event of a major incident of school violence.

Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations are critical in emergency situations.


Principal -- The principal is responsible for over-all planning, the final content of any Emergency Response Plan, scheduling of drills, inviting police, fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to participate in and be aware of planning and drills, training of students and for the overall safety of staff and students. In an actual incident (not a drill), the police are responsible for management of the threat and subsequent criminal investigation, however the principal shall provide full cooperation with police.

Staff – School staff, and in particular administrators, have the overall responsibility for the training, safety and well being of students. Administrators during a violent incident have additional responsibilities in terms of working closely with police.

Students – Students have a responsibility to be familiar with the plan and to respond quickly to the direction of staff during a crisis situation. Any student with information or prior knowledge of an individual or a potential situation which may result in a violent incident must come forward with that information as soon as possible. This is also the case during an incident.

Police – Police are responsible to respond to and investigate violent incidents. During a violent incident, police will assume command and control of the response and investigation but will liaise and work closely with school administration and other emergency services, throughout the process.

Parents/Guardians – Parents and guardians must be informed of the existence of this plan and should reinforce with their children, student responsibilities to follow directions during a crisis and disclose any information they may have prior to or during a crisis situation.

For further information on Emergency Preparedness, please see Policy 7.22 - Emergency Response Policy