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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students and staff at North Peace Secondary School practiced their emergency preparedness today with the completion of a lockdown drill.

The drill, which was the second conducted this year, trains staff and students about what to do in the event that the school would need to locked down. The drill involves staff locking doors, closing blinds and windows, and having students practice staying completely silent and out of sight of anyone outside of their classrooms.

NPSS Principal Randy Pauls told that the school conducts two drills per year which are mandated by the provincial government at the recommendation of the RCMP. Pauls says that while school staff, as well as the local RCMP detachment, district board office, and the school’s website are given advance notice, the students are not informed about the second drill until it has already begun. According to Pauls, the school has been conducting lockdown drills for the past two or three years, and are in addition to the six fire drills the school conducts every year.

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