Each year, as a school we practice routines and drills to ensure that our students are safe here at the school. We have 6 fire drills a year, 2 lockdown drills, and one evacuation drill. We have our doors locked with entry provided through a buzzer system which our secretaries run. Please be patient if you are buzzing in as often they are dealing with bumped heads, scraped knees, phone calls, and "can I just ask you a quick question" queries. Sometimes you will see students or teachers walking past the doors. They are not ignoring you to be rude, but instead are following the protocol that the control of entry into the school is through the office. This helps to ensure the safety of your children so we thank you for your understanding.
In addition, we take seriously the safety of our classrooms and do everything we can to maintain discipline and acceptable behaviour. All of our students started this year with a behaviour assembly, outlining the school expectations and the role that progressive discipline plays in the consequences. Students who were absent on the assembly day, were invited into the office to hear the message in order to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
There are times though when students are having serious difficulty in class or in the hallways. When this happens we respond to ensure the safety of every student in this situation. These situations are very rare but it could mean, clearing a classroom, or clearing the hallways to maintain a safe and positive atmosphere. In addition, we can develop a VTRA (Violence Threat Risk Assessment) to respond to situations where students are a threat to themselves or others. Please see the attached "Fair Notice" which describes the situations in which we would implement a VTRA and the process we would follow.
We do take the safety and security of our students very seriously and we look forward to a positive, healthy, and productive year here at MSB.
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