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Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
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Brief Hold and Secure at Wembley schools earlier this morning due to police activity in the area

June 24, 2019

Grande Prairie, AB, Monday, June 24, 2019, 10:15 a.m. – Students and staff at Wembley Elementary School and Helen E. Taylor School were briefly under Hold and Secure earlier this morning while police responded to a situation in the area. During the Hold and Secure, students and staff were safe inside the school. Those participating in a class field trip within the town were directed to the local arena. The police advised both schools when the situation had ended. 

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.