The staff of St. Michael’s School, along with The Northwest Catholic District School Board, is committed to the safety of each of our students. Each year we update our Emergency Procedures Plan, which is prepared in consultation with our community partners at the OPP and the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service.
As an additional measure of safety for our students and staff, St. Michael’s School diligently follows a door-locking policy. Our Safe Welcome System is installed at our front entrance and is the only access to the school for our parents, family members, and any visitors. When attending the school, please alert the office of your arrival by using the electronic pad located on the right side of the entryway. This pad contains a camera and doorbell with monitors located in the offices. After you have rung the doorbell, please face the camera and wait for the office to respond. We ask for your patience, as you may need to wait as staff members could be on a phone call or assisting others who may also be in the office at that time.
In order to be effective in keeping our school secure, we also ask that anyone entering or leaving the school not hold the door open for others.
Please be reminded that anyone visiting the school may be required to provide picture identification before being admitted into the building.
Parents and guardians are again reminded to always sign in and out of our school during our office hours, even if the visit is a short one, such as a lunch drop-off. We thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping our school safe at all times!
In addition, during the course of the school year, it is expected that all schools practice fire drills and lock downs. Many parents are familiar with fire drill practices. Lock downs take place when an emergency dictates that it is necessary for everyone to stay secured in the classrooms and other rooms in the school. Outside doors of the school are also locked. These safety drills help both staff and students become familiar with procedures and also helps eliminate any worry that younger children may encounter.
In case of an emergency, parents will be notified through the local radio or OPP announcements. Please, do not call the school or come to the school and attempt to gain entrance, as during both a practice and a real lock down, no one will be admitted for any reason.