Security is being bumped up at Nanaimo District Secondary and the School District 68 District Administration Centre. It’s a precautionary measure after two employees were the subject of what school district spokesperson Donna Reimer calls “concerning communications” from an individual in the community. Reimer says that the district has a threat assessment protocol with the RCMP and other community agencies. She says added security is part of the protocol when a potential problem is identified, even though there have been no direct threats against NDSS or the District Administration Centre.

SD68 will be providing security outside both buildings for the next few days and they’ll assess the situation on a day-by-day basis, while staying in regular contact with the RCMP. She says the students have been informed and a letter will be sent home to parents. She says the situation is not related in any way to the ongoing controversy over SD68’s enhanced facilities plan.

“These types of situations do arise from time to time,” Reimer said. “In almost every case, nothing will happen, but we want to err on the side of caution until we are assured the situation is resolved. We realize that the fact that we are taking these steps will worry some students, parents and staff members, but we would like to reassure them that the district is taking these steps to be pro-active in order to ensure the safety of our schools.”