West Vancouver Secondary School Closure Update

January 23, 2018 - 2 minutes read

January 23, 2018 | 4:15 PM

Knowing the speed at which news travels, I assume many of you have heard that we closed West Vancouver Secondary School for the day today. In an effort to ensure all parents and guardians have full information I want to give you all an update.

In consultation with school and district staff and the West Vancouver Police Department, I made the decision to close West Vancouver Secondary today because of a threat that the West Vancouver Police received regarding West Vancouver Secondary School.

These are incredibly difficult decisions to make as we are focused on ensuring staff and student safety at all times, but also know that false threats can be extremely disruptive. The decision was made out of an abundance of precaution. We have worked closely with the West Vancouver Police Department assessing both the nature and credibility of the threat.

After detailed investigation at the West Vancouver Secondary Campus, investigators have concluded threat information received was unsubstantiated. Investigation to identify a source of the information is ongoing. West Vancouver Police have advised the school can be safely re-opened. Members of the WVPD Community Services Unit will assist the return to normal classes and activities.

I appreciate the excellent relationship we have with the West Vancouver Police and their ongoing presence and support.

It will be a regular school day at West Vancouver Secondary tomorrow.

Chris Kennedy
Superintendent of Schools / CEO

January 23, 2018 | 10 AM

West Vancouver Secondary school was closed on short notice this morning for the remainder of the day. At this time we are dealing with a potential threat to student safety, and working with the West Vancouver Police Department to resolve the matter. As always, the safety of our students is a priority, and we have taken this precautionary measure as a result.

As such, all classes are cancelled and students have been instructed to make their way home. We expect to be open tomorrow as usual.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will cause for you and your family today, but we appreciate your support.

Chris Kennedy
Superintendent of Schools / CEO