On behalf of the school community, I extend our support and condolences to all those affected by the events on Parliament Hill. It was a difficult day for our community.
At the school, our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff. When we encounter situations of risk, we implement appropriate safety measures to secure the school and we make every effort to maintain a calm and safe learning environment.
In response to this incident, our school moved to Shelter in Place which means regular activity continued within the school, but all exterior doors and windows were locked, and students were kept inside at lunch and recess.
In emergency situations, we receive communications support from the school district. This allows school staff to stay focused on school needs and ensures consistent and timely messaging to the community. Information from the district was provided to parents through the media, social media (Twitter and Facebook), our district website (ocdsb.ca), from our school blog (katimavikes.edublogs.org) and direct phone calls and e-mail to parents.
At times like this, we are reminded of the importance of having up-to-date emergency contact information for all parents. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date. We recently sent home a copy of the information we have on file and have asked you to verify and/or update your contact information and we remind you to please return it as soon as possible.
As we resume regular operations today and beyond, we will be keeping a close eye on student and staff well-being. We know that children may be confused by what they have heard about what happened in our city yesterday. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope by listening, acknowledging and validating feelings and by being reassuring. At the school, we will provide resources and supports to students as required. An information sheet for parents to help manage conversations with children is posted on the district website at this link: http://www.ocdsb.ca/OCDSB%20Doc/OCDSB%20Comms%20Tips%20for%20Parents_Teachers.pdf
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school. I appreciate your ongoing support.