Safe Schools

The safety of our students and staff is our first priority at Fort McMurray Catholic Schools.

Our schools practice safety procedures as part of our emergency planning/preparedness cycle. Staff and students are familiar with Shelter in Place, Hold & Secure, and Lockdowns, but we wish to increase your knowledge of our procedures.


Shelter in Place– is used when personal safety is considered to be in danger if anyone leaves the school. This is mainly used for environmental or weather related events. It is necessary for everyone to remain inside the school and take protective actions. Depending upon the emergency the HVAC system could be turned off to avoid drawing air from the outside.

  • Types of events that trigger Shelter in Place:
    • Weather events such as a sudden blizzard;
    • Environmental event such as a chemical spill exterior to the school
    • Missing child
    • Dangerous wild animal (bear, cougar etc.)
    • Any situation where evacuation may pose a greater risk than sheltering in place.

Hold and Secure– is used when it was desirable to secure the school due to an emergency situation occurring outside and not related to the school. In this situation, all exterior doors are locked and monitored, to allow any students from outside to enter, but the doors should otherwise remain locked. Classes may continue to function normally.

  • Additional directions may be added as appropriate including but not limited to informing students:
    • That in the event of a fire alarm to either evacuate to the outside or remain in the school until otherwise advised;
    • Whether movement is restricted and if class change bells should be ignored;
    • Of additional safety measures such as closing blinds or turning off lights.

School lockdown- means the restriction of movement of students and staff due to a threat of violence within or in relation to the school. During a lockdown, exercise critical judgement to maximize safety. The development of lockdown plans is the responsibility of school administrators.

  • Types of events that trigger a school lockdown include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Dangerous intruder;
  • Active shooter;
  • Barricaded suspect.

We encourage you to discuss school safety with your child and to address any concerns they may have and we welcome any questions you have about this or any other issue related to the safety and security of our schools.

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Get In Touch


Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education
9809 Main St.
Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 1T7

Phone: 780-799-5700
Fax:     780-799-5706

Superintendent of Schools:
George McGuigan
Deputy Superintendent-
Inclusive Education
Monica Mankowski
Secretary Treasurer:
Francois Gagnon