Since the spring months, we have been in regular contact with City of Winnipeg officials as well as Winnipeg Police Service to voice our concerns about the conditions of a homeless encampment located along the riverbank beyond the perimeter fence surrounding school grounds.
The Balmoral Hall School Board of Governors met with Councillor Sherri Rollins on October 9, 2019, and we were assured that the City would make the site's cleanup a priority. Unfortunately, damage from the winter storm that occurred Thanksgiving weekend, including rising river levels, has delayed these efforts. We have been reassured by the City that cleanup remains a priority. These conversations are ongoing.
Student safety is always our primary concern at Balmoral Hall School. Our security measures have been developed according to best practices with expert advice. Presently, 50 cameras monitor our campus 24/7, with professional security personnel monitoring these live feeds on-site. Foot patrols are conducted at intervals day and night. For some time now, the children have not been authorized to use the riverside campus areas until the encampment conditions have been addressed by the City. Whenever students are on school grounds outdoors, they are supervised by employees.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
We hope that our efforts, combined with those of members of the public who voice their concerns, regarding such unsafe conditions will prompt the City to take immediate action.