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Shelter-in-place at Great Falls school

Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS)
Posted at 2:14 PM, Mar 23, 2023

Sunnyside Elementary School in Great Falls briefly implemented shelter-in-place procedures at about 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

In a text message sent to parents, Great Falls Public Schools said the shelter-in-place was ordered because of "activity in the neighborhood."

GFPS did not provide any other details.

Sunnyside is located at 1800 19th Street South.

A shelter-in-place is a safety precaution for an external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat.

A parent posted on Facebook that the shelter-in-place was lifted just after 2 p.m.

Here is an overview of GFPS safety procedures:

  • Evacuation: Defined as an internal emergency that requires students and staff to leave the building for their safety.  Parents should follow emergency notifications.
  • Lockdown: Defined as an internal and/or immediate threat.  All staff and students are locked in rooms.  No one IN or OUT!
  • Shelter In Place: Defined as a safety precaution for an external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat.
  • Class Hold: Defined as a safety precaution implemented during an incident where students need to be kept in the classroom.
  • Release with Care: Defined as a possible threat in the schools’ neighborhoods during arrival and release time. Release with care procedures:
    • To ensure safety, the building administrator may ask staff to escort students to/from buses or waiting cars.
    • Staff may also be asked to accompany students home.

We will update you if we get any more information.

Sunnyside Elementary School