As most people are aware, there was a significant incident in the parkade at Strathcona County Community Centre the evening of Tuesday, November 6. On behalf of everyone at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), I wish to express our immense gratitude to Strathcona Emergency Services, RCMP, the special police units and the County staff who responded so quickly and selflessly to ensure the safety of all those nearby.
Because Salisbury Composite High is in such close proximity to the community centre, EIPS has been asked to close both the school and its bus transfer site so authorities can maintain the integrity of the scene and focus on the investigation.
It is important to know the decision to close the school was based solely on the need to keep the scene at the community centre free and clear so the RCMP could continue their important investigation—at no time was there a risk to either staff or students from Salisbury Composite High. The situation was contained completely within the adjacent county buildings.
As the investigation is still active, a decision has been made to keep both the high school and the bus transfer point closed for another day. As such, there are no classes at Salisbury Composite High and no bus transfers taking place on Thursday, November 8.
While we understand this represents a disruption for many of our school families, it’s imperative the police have time to do their work, and the county has time to undertake the measures necessary to restore service and its facilities.
I appreciate the patience of our parents and students during these exceptional circumstances.
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902