Police continue to monitor the safety of students at two Thunder Bay-area schools because of what Lakehead school board officials are calling "a family matter."


No children were outside during lunch hour at CD Howe Public School on Wednesday, as the school was secured for the third straight day. (Nicole Ireland/CBC)

For the third straight day, CD Howe and Kakabeka Falls elementary schools were placed in a "Hold and Secure" status on Wednesday. Director of Education Catherine Siemieniuk said it was a precaution taken because of information received from police.

"It's a family matter that impacts both of those schools," Siemieniuk said.

"Hold and Secure is initiated usually when there's a threat that's prominent, and as I say, this is a precautionary matter and … students remain in the building."


Catherine Siemieniuk, director of education for the Lakehead District School Board. (Lakehead District School Board)

Siemieniuk said police are on site during bus drop-off and pickup times at the beginning and end of the school day. Each of the two schools has about 155 students. Siemieniuk said Board officials would re-evaluate the situation on Wednesday, in consultation with police.

"I can't emphasize enough that this is a precautionary measure," she said. "Student safety is our first priority."

Letter to parents:

C.D Howe Public School continues to remain under a Hold and Secure today.

The Hold and Secure was initiated on Monday, Feb. 4 and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

As stated in my letter to you yesterday, the Hold and Secure was initiated as a precaution as the result of an ongoing police investigation of a family matter.

A Hold and Secure response is initiated when a threat is proximate to, but not inside the building.  Students remain in the building during a Hold and Secure.

We continue to have discussions with Thunder Bay Police and the Ontario Provincial Police with regard to the matter.

Ensuring student safety is Lakehead Public Schools’ highest priority.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

Sent by the Lakehead District Public School Board to parents of C.D. Howe and Kakabeka Falls elementary schools on Tuesday.