We take safety and security seriously. It is important that we maintain a safe and caring community so that learning can take place.

Locked Doors

To ensure the safety and security of staff and students, all exterior doors except the 4 Street main entrance and the main office doors off the north west parking lot are locked daily at 9:30 AM and remain locked for the remainder of the day.

Lanyard & Identification Policy

ID must be visible at all times.

In order to maintain the safety and security of all students and discourage trespassers, we have a mandatory lanyard and ID policy. All students, staff and visitors will be provided with, and are required to wear a lanyard with a ID card on them at ALL times while in the school and on school property.  

Visitors & Volunteers

Our school is a closed campus. All visitors and volunteers must report directly to the main office to sign-in. Students should not invite friends to visit the school. Individuals found on school property who do not have legitimate business with the school and who have not registered in the main office may be charged with trespassing while on school property.

Student Identification Cards (ID)

All students will be provided an ID card which must be carried at all times while in the school and on school property. ID cards must be visible at all times. They are required for the library, examinations and may be required at other school functions. Students must show their ID card to any staff member or school resource officer upon request, and must comply with this request in the interest of safety and security.  

On the back of each ID card will be a print out of each student’s timetable. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have their ID and lanyard on and visible at all times. If students are identified by a staff member to have no ID and lanyard, they will be given a school suspension for the remainder of the day and be sent home. There is no exception to this rule.

Note: Student ID may also be required by Calgary Transit to access their services.

Lost or Stolen ID Card

Students who forget their lanyard and ID should immediately go to the Learning Commons and purchase a replacement lanyard and ID tag for $5.


All visitors to James Fowler must report directly to the Main Office. Only those with legitimate school business will be given permission to remain on school property with a visitor tag. Any person who remains on school property without permission may be charged with trespassing under section 27 of the School Act. Currently, the sentence for a conviction is not more than $1,000.00.

James Fowler students should know that all schools in the CBE are ‘closed’ campuses. They must report directly to the Main Office of any other school they may visit, including schools they previously attended.


The details of any accident are to be reported immediately, either to a teacher or to the Main Office for appropriate documentation and/or communication.

Student Searches

In accordance with CBE Administrative Regulation 6014, Administrators who have reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a breach of school rules or discipline, or that there is a threat to school welfare or safety, may conduct a search of the following:

  • Students;
  • School desks, lockers, tote boxes, and school storage areas used by students;
  • Items belonging to students that are on school property (including backpacks, clothing, and purses) and 
  • Files stored on school computer resources.

School Resource Officer

The Calgary Police Service stations a Constable at James Fowler to serve as a School Resource Officer (SRO). Besides providing  positive  public relations,  our SRO is engaged in crime  prevention  and investigation, and acts as a legal and personal resource for students. The SRO office is located in room 218B in the English hallway. Our SRO can be contacted by attending his office or by attending the Main Office should he be outside of the school. To provide tips anonymously, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone 1-800-222-8477, by or text by sending the keyword TIPS to 274637.

Video Surveillance

Students and parents must be informed that, to maintain a safe and secure environment at school, James Fowler High School uses a number of surveillance cameras in and around the school.

  • the video surveillance system will be used to record and may be used to monitor and record activity; and 
  • personal information collected by the video surveillance system may be disclosed for disciplinary, legal, legislative or law enforcement purposes or in accordance with a court order or the enforcement of a Calgary Board of Education administrative regulation.

Emergency Procedures

Fire Alarm

When a fire alarm sounds, all students must:

  • follow the direction of all staff without question; 
  • exit the school orderly and quickly through the nearest safe exit;
Students Not In Class

Exit the building through the nearest safe exit and report to any of the teachers assembled outside of that exit. Remain with this teacher until the signal sounds to call students back into the school.


A lockdown is a response to what the school administration would view as being a very serious threat to student safety. The threat may come from inside or outside of the school. In the event of a lockdown, students must follow the direction of all staff members immediately and without question.

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All CBE schools are required to practice lockdowns in the same way that we practice fire drills. The procedures for lockdowns are developed with the Calgary Police Service and are part of each school’s Emergency Response Plan. If you have questions about lockdown drills or lockdown procedures, please contact your principal.

Evacuation Procedures

In the event that the school needs to be evacuated for any reason, all staff have been trained according to CBE standards. All schools have a primary and a secondary evacuation site. In the event of an evacuation, you will receive an email, phone or SMS notification from the school.


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