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Update (Thursday, Jun. 9, 2022, at 2:45 p.m.)
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has confirmed that Holy Cross Secondary School was also placed on a hold and secure this around the noonhour today. This was done solely as a precautionary measure, the Board indicated.
“A Hold and Secure Procedure was put into effect as a precautionary measure at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School from 12:45 p.m. – 1:03 p.m. this afternoon in response to a Police presence at another school,” the Board said in a statement.
Update (Thursday, Jun. 9, 2022, at 12:26 p.m.)
The lockdown at Frontenac Secondary School and Module De L’Acadie has now been lifted, as has the hold and secure at Bayridge Secondary School, according to the Limestone District School Board.
“Frontenac SS, Bayridge SS, and Bayridge PS have lifted the lockdown and hold and secures. All staff and students are safe. Learning continues as usual,” the board said via social media at 12:28 p.m.
It is unclear why the schools were put in cautionary scenarios at this time. Kingston Police confirmed they attended the scene at FSS and were “conducting an investigation.” Police also said that the lockdown at FSS had been put in place out of “an abundance of caution.”
Additionally, Kingston Police are requesting that parents of students at the schools affected not attend the schools to pick up their children at this time.
“Parents are asked to not attend the school at this time as all staff and students are safe. Further updates will be provided as they become available,” police said via Twitter.
While there was a subsequent large police presence at Holy Cross Secondary School, a Catholic high school in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board also located in Kingston’s west end, it is unclear if this was related to the matters occurring at Frontenac SS and Bayridge SS. That situation has now cleared, as well, with police leaving the school at approximately 12:55 p.m. Inquiries to the Algonquin and Lakeshore Board were not responded to immediately.
Kingstonist will update this article if/when more information becomes available.
Frontenac Secondary School and Module De L’Acadie have both been put on lockdown as of 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jun. 9, 2022.
Kingston Police were called to the school at approximately 11:09 a.m., and a large contingent of officers responded to the call. There is currently a large police presence at the school, including the Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit.
“Frontenac Secondary School and L’Acadie are currently in lockdown. All staff and students are safe. Police are on site and everything is under control,” the Limestone District School Board communicated via social media at 11:36 a.m.
According to the Board, Bayridge Secondary School, also in Kingston’s west end, has been placed on a hold and secure as a cautionary measure. There is currently a large Grade 8 and 9 orientation event taking place at Bayridge, meaning students from other schools are currently at the high school. The Limestone Board reiterated all students and staff are safe.
No further information is available at this time. Inquiries to the Board were not immediately responded to. Kingstonist will update this article as more information becomes available.