Dear Glen Cairn Public School Families:
On behalf of the school community, I extend our support and condolences to all those affected by the events on Parliament Hill. It was a difficult day for our community.
At the school, our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff. When we encounter situations of risk, we implement appropriate safety measures to secure the school and we make every effort to maintain a calm and safe learning environment.
In response to this incident, our school moved to “Shelter in Place” mode. “Shelter in Place” mode which means regular activity continued within the school, but all exterior doors and windows were locked, and students were kept inside at lunch and recess.
In emergency situations, we receive communications support from the school district. This allows school staff to stay focused on school needs and ensures consistent and timely messaging to the community. Information was provided to parents through the media, social media (Twitter and Facebook), our websites (both ocdsb.ca and glencairnps.ca), and direct phone calls and e-mail to parents. At times like this, we are reminded of the importance of having up-to-date emergency contact information for all parents. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date.
As we resume regular operations, we will be keeping a close eye on student and staff well-being. We know that children may be confused by what they have heard about what has happened in our city today. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope by listening, acknowledging and validating feelings and by being reassuring. At the school, we will provide resources and supports to students as required. Attached is an information sheet for parents to help manage conversations with children. This information is also posted on the district website:
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school. I appreciate your ongoing support.