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Brief Hold and Secure at Harry Balfour School due to police activity in the area

February 04, 2019

Grande Prairie, AB, Monday, February 4, 2019, 8:50 a.m. – Students and staff at Harry Balfour School were briefly under Hold and Secure this morning during 8:07 a.m. - 8:16 a.m. while police responded to a situation in the area. Students and staff were safe inside the school.

What is Hold and Secure?

  • A response to an unrelated threat and/or incident in close proximity to the school, taking place OUTSIDE the school.
  • School life continues as normal inside the school, however, the precautionary measure to lock school doors is taken to ensure staff and students are safe, and to reduce activity while officials conduct their work. 
  • Access to and from the school is restricted and carefully monitored. The Hold and Secure is lifted when emergency personnel advise that the situation has ended.
  • Examples: Nearby police activity, a threatening animal.