Hour Zero - School Emergency Program
On Monday, September 19,2016, Clearview Public Schools and Hour Zero hosted a working session with over 48 representatives from schools, RCMP, fire departments, towns and counties to start the process to develop a new standard in incident response plans in all schools. Hour Zero has been contracted to help ensure the safety of all students and staff.
Hour Zero is an emergency program that gives schools the training and tools needed to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies. Hour Zero Consulting will be working with all our schools to create and maintain an effective emergency response program that is consistent throughout the school division.
“Ensuring our schools are safe is the expectation of parents and a responsibility we take very seriously,” shared Superintendent Peter Barron. “We have been working over the past six months to implement this process, which was one of the strategic priorities put in place last year.”
The planning will include Hour Zero representatives visiting each school starting September 26, and collaborating with school principals to identify evacuation routes, procedures, and suitable spaces in the event “lock-downs” or “shelter-in-place” protocols are needed.
School staff will be trained to know how to react in an emergency along with school safety drills, preparing both staff and students on how best to react during and after an incident. Younger students, with their teachers, will have resources such as comic books to help them understand the correct responses to an emergency.
“Incident response plans prepare schools for situations we need to deal with, and we hope never happens. Being prepared will help protect people and could save lives,” said Board Chair Cheri Neitz. “This is something I have advocated for along with the Board, and proud to see this important initiative come forward. Staff working together to ensure our students are safe.”