Partners meet to discuss the hold-and-secure situation at Holy Family School and Grimshaw Public School in Grimshaw on October 28

  Posted: November 2, 2022

(November 2, 2022) Senior administrators and Occupational Health and Safety personnel from the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) and Peace River School Division (PRSD) held an After Action meeting with personnel from the Town of Grimshaw, Grimshaw Municipal Library, Mile Zero Multiplex and the RCMP. The purpose of the meeting was to review the incident, share what worked and what can be improved and to discuss various strategies should a similar situation arise in the future.  

“We look forward to working with the RCMP on messaging,” says HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Hold-and-secure, shelter-in-place and lockdowns are three different things. Educating parents/guardians, staff and the public about the differences is very important.”

“Even if it’s a strong response from the schools, to exchange and share information is so valuable.” says PRSD Superintendent Adam Murray. “Whenever a situation like this happens in a school, it’s important to reflect and then meet as a group to discuss what happened as well as the lessons learned,”

Both Superintendents of HFCRD and PRSD commend the Principal of Holy Family School, Lauri Goudrealt, Vice Principal of Grimshaw Public School, Andrew Ostrowerka and the RCMP for their calm and organized approach to a potential threat to the schools.