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Security of Schools: OST 425




Security of Schools: OST 425

Adoption Date:

Revised: 2005



This policy applies to all School Board owned or operated buildings and the equipment contained therein.  Security includes protection against vandalism, break-in, theft, fire, heat loss.



To protect school buildings and contents from loss due to fire and theft.


Policy Statement        

It is the policy of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board to maintain adequate security, to the extent reasonably practical, of all Board buildings and equipment.

Since it is impossible to provide 100% security, adequate measures will be taken with due regard for the degree of risk and potential cost of loss.

The Board will actively promote a healthy respect for school property in the school program.  Teachers will be encouraged to teach students their obligations in this matter.

Principals will ensure that the Community Access to Schools (Non-School Use) Policy is followed.


Cross Reference       

Security, Fire, Alarm, Sensor



This policy has been authorized by the Board under motions number....    



It is the responsibility of the Director of Operational Services to ensure systems are installed in buildings and are working properly.  The Director of Operational Services is also responsible for the general administration of the school rental policy.

It is the responsibility of the principal of a school to ensure adequate security is in place for regular and school use functions at the school.  It is the Principal’s responsibility to ensure the school use policy is adhered to.

School custodial staff are responsible for securing the building (windows and doors) at the end of their shift, as well as monitoring security during their shift, unless other arrangements have been made by the principal or through the school use policy.



The Director of Operational Services  will implement the policy and administrative procedures.



1.        FIRE

The potential for fire is high and the resultant potential loss is also high.

All schools containing sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems will be inspected annually for proper operation of the systems.  A report will be made of such inspections.

Exit lights and emergency lights will be inspected monthly, and a detailed inspection made annually to ensure proper maintenance and operation of these systems.

Schools without such systems will be upgraded as funding permits or as code requirements dictate.


2.        HEAT LOSS

The heating systems in all buildings will be inspected and maintained on a regular basis to ensure proper operation.

Temperature alert systems will be installed in all buildings and monitored through the security alarm systems.

Temperature alert systems will be inspected each year to verify correct operation.



Security alarm systems shall be installed in all buildings and the alarms shall be monitored by a reputable agency 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. 

Security sensors will be installed in high risk areas, such as at doorways, ground floor hallways, administration offices within the building, computer labs.  Sensors may be installed in other areas if the risk appears high.

It is not practical to install sensors in every ground floor classroom, nor in upstairs rooms (unless special circumstances apply).

It is the responsibility of the Principal and the Director of Operational Services (or their delegates) to control the use of Board facilities.  Adequate supervision must be in place for use of the facilities during regular school hours.  The policy on School Rentals applies to all non-school use of the building, but provisions within that policy may also apply to school use after regular hours.

The school administration or Operational Services personnel shall contact the police department any time there appears to be an unusually high risk or if vandalism, theft, or break-in has occurred or is expected to occur.

The following procedure is to be followed in cases of break-ins and vandalism of school buildings and/or school property:

a) The principal should immediately contact the police and assist them in any way in carrying out their investigations.

b) The principal should next contact Operational Services and arrange for their assistance, if needed.

c) The principal should then contact and report the incident to the Coordinator of Student Services.

d) The principal must complete a Vandalism and Break-In report form and forward copies of it to:

i) Director of Operational Services

ii) Coordinator of Student Services

e) It is the responsibility of the principal to follow up all such cases to ensure that school equipment is replaced and school property is restored to its original condition.

f) It is the responsibility of the Director of Support Services to assist the principal in carrying out item (e).

g) It is the responsibility of the Director of Operational Services to ensure that the insurance company receives a copy of the vandalism report and a list of equipment stolen, destroyed or damaged, with approximate value.

Anyone found guilty of destroying school property will be required to make restitution to the Board.  The Board may also press criminal charges where deemed warranted.


Associated Forms                              

NSSBA            Property Loss Report Form

NSSBA            Incident/Accident Report Form


Policy Review            

This policy will be reviewed by Director of Operational Services within three years from the authorization date.



All Principals

All Supervisors

Custodial Staff

All Policy Manual Holders

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