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New lockdown lingo for schools less inflammatory

In a bid to clarify terms used in emergency situations in schools — andhelp calm students and parents who panic at the thought of a full-blownlockdown — boards across the province are moving toward more consistentand less inflammatory language.

Yesterday’s lockdown is today’s “hold and secure.”

In a bid to clarify terms used in emergency situations in schools — and help calm students and parents who panic at the thought of a full-blown lockdown — boards across the province are moving toward more consistent and less inflammatory language.

The York Region District School Board is in the process of phasing out its “code red” to three more specific terms: “lockdown” for the rare occasion a school faces imminent danger; “hold and secure” for the more common occurrence of a crime in the vicinity or nearby police investigations; and “shelter-in-place” for when there is a gas leak in the area or a weather emergency.

 
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