Members of the PHSS health council had a tour of the Mobile Medical Unit in the parking lot of PH hospital. This unit is shared by the Health Authorities and has been to over 55 locations- including the 2010 Olympics. We met the doctor and paramedic that travel with the mobile unit and they gave the students demonstrations on how the machines are used. This unit is used for training and an alternative setting for health authorities.
The following message was read to students in their C block class first thing this morning:
“Yesterday, RCMP were called to our school to assist with a situation. Students had been heard talking about a school shooting. We take this very seriously, and we have procedures in place to deal with situations such as this. The police are investigating the threat, and we feel that our school is a safe place to be today. If you have any concerns or are worried, there will be counsellors and support people in Ang’s room for you to talk to. Please let your teacher know if you are going to Ang’s room.
The safety of our students and staff is always our biggest concern. If you ever hear or see something at school that makes you feel unsafe, please report it to any staff member. You may notice RCMP in our building today as they are our partners in ensuring school safety. Please feel free to chat with them about any of your concerns.”
This afternoon, a teacher at PHSS heard two students discussing a school shooting to take place at PHSS tomorrow (Wednesday). The school is taking the threat seriously and all critical incident protocols are being followed. The school contacted the RCMP and there is an ongoing investigation. PHSS will be open tomorrow with an increased police presence. The students involved will not be in attendance at school tomorrow. Based on the information we have, there does not appear to be an immediate risk to the safety of students and staff at the school.
Our Senior Girl’s Soccer Team is heading to Penticton today to compete in soccer provincials. We are so proud of our girls representing the North Island and wish them the best of luck!