UPDATE 2:15 p.m. – Chapleau JK-12 School students to be dismissed
Algoma District School Board advises parents/guardians of students at Chapleau JK-12 school of an update at the school.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) O.P.P. have advised that to ensure the safety of students and staff, students at the school will be dismissed at this time.
The school is currently contacting individual parents/guardians to verify if someone will be home to receive students who are bussed. Any student (elementary or secondary) who normally walks will need to be picked up to ensure safe arrival and the school will be contacting parents/guardians to confirm arrangements.
Busses were expected to be arriving at the school between 12:30 and 1:0pm today. Further information will be communicated later today regarding whether school will proceed on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Algoma District School Board advises parents/guardians of students at Chapleau JK-12 school that the school was in a lockdown situation earlier today which has now moved to a Hold and Secure.
In a Hold and Secure situation, outside doors remain locked and students, staff, parents/guardians and community members are not able to enter or exit the school. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently on site to assess the situation to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Parents/guardians of Chapleau JK-12 School will continue to be updated through ADSB’s automated messaging system. To assist with the management of the situation, Algoma District School Board stresses the need to keep phone lines open for communication with school administration and the police.
The Board has asked that parents/guardians do not call the school at this time. ADSB and the OPP advise parents and community members not to attend at the school until the police lift the emergency procedures – this is necessary to protect student, staff and public safety.
EARLIER (10:49) – On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at approximately 9:00 am officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Chapleau Detachment were advised of male making threats to Chapleau Public School. Due to the nature of the call, the Chapleau Public School has been put in a Code Red lockdown.
The investigation is continuing at this time. The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety and that of children, at all times.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers. If you have any information regarding any criminal activity, call 705-268-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS); submit an e-tip from The Crime Stopper’s web-site at www.tipsubmit.com .