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Shelter in Place called for all MHPSD schools

Shelter in Place called for all MHPSD schools
Posted on 01/13/2021
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January 13, 2021 2:46 p.m.
Superintendent Mark Davidson called a Shelter in Place today at 10:45 a.m. to keep students and staff safely inside schools during a severe windstorm that impacted all MHPSD schools. Although many of our schools lost power, they all had working emergency lights, operational washrooms and were able to hold heat until the power was restored. The protocol was in place for just under four hours and Superintendent Davidson gave the All Clear at 2:30 p.m. Students and staff stayed safely inside and school operated as normal as possible for the duration of the protocol.

To learn more about emergency response protocols in our school division please take a moment to review our Emergency Protocols - Parent Information Sheet. We encourage families to have open conversations with their children about what to expect if there is an emergency at school.

Please contact your child's school administration if you have any questions about the Shelter in Place today or any of our emergency response protocols. 

1:40 p.m. Update: While wind gusts remain high, we are told by Southland Transportation that all buses may operate safely and understand that our city’s roads are all open. Therefore, all schools will dismiss students as normal at the end of the day. If you would like to pick up your child as opposed to having them walk home or catch the bus, please contact the school as soon as possible and your child will remain at the school until you arrive. We appreciate your patience today while we worked to ensure the safety of the students in our care. Please visit your school website for any site-specific direction.
Southland transportation will work hard to ensure that your children arrive home safely. Please contact Southland Transportation for information about bus delays 403.528.6572
 11:40 a.m. Update: All schools are working on plans to prepare for the safe dismissal of students at the end of the school day if the wind warning continues. We will communicate here and on all school social media and websites with an update by 1:40 p.m.
 11:25 a.m. update: Many of our schools have experienced a loss of power. We are confident that student and staff safety is not at risk and will continue to operate in a Shelter in Place until the ALL Clear is called. All of our schools have emergency lights, operational washrooms and buildings will hold heat until the end of the day. Students and staff are safe inside our building and can safely stay in school until dismissal. We understand that some families may choose to pick up their children and that you contact the school to coordinate.
 10:45 a.m: Due to severe weather conditions, our Superintendent has called a Shelter In Place protocol for all Medicine Hat Public Schools at 10:45 a.m. All staff and students will participate in indoor recess and school related activities until the All Clear has been called. School inside the building will operate as normal and we will take any additional necessary precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff. Parents are still welcome to come to the school and pick up/drop off children for ELP and appointments as necessary. If the Shelter in Place continues past dismissal time we will communicate with families to provide direction. During emergency situations, we need your help to keep the phone lines clear and ask that families look for up to date information on our website and through our Facebook page.
 WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SHELTER IN PLACE:
  • When it is safer to be INSIDE the school than outside and there is no threat of violence. Examples can include: dangerous goods spill, medical situation inside the school and hallways need to be clear for emergency responders, wildlife on the playground, tornado, etc.
  • When this occurs, students/staff will be moved to safer spaces; students may remain in a classroom or move to another space.
  • Access to and from the school may be restricted depending on the nature of the emergency.
  •  The protocol will continue until the incident commander issues the ALL CLEAR.

To learn more about emergency response protocols in our school division please take a moment to review our Emergency Protocols - Parent Information Sheet. We encourage families to have open conversations with their children about what to expect if there is an emergency at school.

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