DSD Emergency Procedures

Delta School District staff would like to provide you and your family with some information on our District Emergency Procedures.

Over the past few years, most B.C. School Districts, in consultation with community and Provincial partners, have moved away from existing terms for emergency procedures and adopted language that is more universally accepted across North America (and globally) by first responders and Police.

Previous School Emergency Procedures have been in place for over fifteen years, including the Code Green, Code Yellow and Code Red procedures.

Through extensive consultation with our Delta Police partners, Delta has implemented new language (see image below).

In the event of an incident at your child’s school, this language is what will be used to communicate with staff, students, Delta Police (if required), and the public.

One of our goals is that by moving away from broad terminology like “code red” and “code yellow”, to more specific language, parents will have a better understanding of what is happening at your child’s school, in the event of an emergency.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this information, as a preventative measure against confusion and unnecessary concern in the event of an incident.


Evacuate

Used to move people out of the school when a hazard exists inside

  • Direct students and other staff to exit the school via the shortest safe route
  • Report to and assemble outside at the designated assembly site

*Principal or designate will determine next steps.

Lockdown

Used in response to an armed or dangerous assailant WITHIN the school

  • Gather people in your vicinity into a secure room – do this quickly
  • Close and secure doors
  • Turn off lights, be quiet, get down low/behind heavy furniture, get out of sight
  • Silence all cell phones and ask that they be placed face down on floor
  • Alert other occupants by any means available and/or call 911 – only if safe to do so OR Leave Safe. If no secure area is available and a safe exit is, then quickly leave the area/school. Report to the designated assembly area and await instructions.

*Normal activities in the school cease. Await police response.

Hold & Secure

Used if there is a security concern in the neighbourhood

  • Bring everyone into the school and remain inside
  • Secure exterior doors and windows
  • Close exterior window blinds/drapes (if available)
  • No one may enter or exit the school during Hold & Secure

*Typically normal activities continue WITHIN the school.

Shelter In Place

Used if an environmental hazard may impact the school

  • Bring everyone into the school and remain indoors
  • Secure exterior doors and windows
  • Close exterior window blinds/drapes (if available)
  • Turn off all ventilation systems (if locally available/situation dependent)
  • Staff designates will monitor access to the school via the main entrance
  • Access may be denied if a risk exists that jeopardizes the safety of occupants

*Typically normal activities continue WITHIN the school.

Room Clear

Used to move people away from a hazard contained in one room/area

  • Direct students to leave the room/area and report to designated area (Ex. Library)
  • Summon assistance as needed and appropriate (Ex. call First Aid Attendant, Principal/Vice Principal, 911)

*Staff should remain to manage the situation or exit if the room is unsafe.

Drop, Cover & Hold On

Used in the event of an earthquake, explosion, or any event that shakes the school

  • Quickly move away from obvious hazards
  • DROP – low to the ground
  • COVER – take Cover under a sturdy table, desks, furniture, or other large sturdy items
  • HOLD ON – to the furniture you are under and stay there until the shaking stops
  • After the shaking stops, wait 60 seconds and then EVACUATE via the shortest safe route. Report to and assemble outside at the designated assembly site.

*Principal or other designate will determine next steps.