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News Item

Hold and Secure at Spirit River Regional Academy due to a wolf sighting in Spirit River

April 05, 2019

Grande Prairie, AB, Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:45 p.m. – Earlier this afternoon, students and staff at Spirit River Regional Academy were placed under Hold and Secure at the advice of local RCMP, due to a wolf sighting in the town of Spirit River. RCMP have since advised that the Hold and Secure had ended. As a precaution, the school is contacting parents of students who walk home, to determine end-of-day arrangements. 

What is a 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.