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General Information

Safety FAQ

What has emergency training looked like in the past for our district?

Previously, our district has trained on lockdown, secure building and hold in place. Lockdown response has been criticized for not taking into account the variety of factors that can occur. For instance, incidents might occur while students are outside of the classroom in the hallway or at lunch.

What do law enforcement officials recommend?

Because no single response fits all events, it is recommended that individuals know the options and can act decisively to select the best course of action. Law enforcement officials recommend as best practice that school personnel be trained in ALICE to respond to a threatening incident.

What is ALICE?

ALICE stands for Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. The components are not sequential and do not constitute a checklist. If a threatening situation occurs, trained staff will need to rely on the information at hand and their own judgment to determine the safest course of action. The approach is an alternative to the more passive lockdown approach of the past. ALICE is designed to empower individuals to lead others to safety.

It's important to emphasize that these strategies are not sequential, and no single response (such as lockdown-only) fits all threatening situations.

How will ALICE information be communicated to students?

As staff are trained, we will begin to discuss the concepts of ALICE with students, in age appropriate ways. Students will not be completing scenario-based training. As with any such training, the idea is not to make the students feel afraid, but to give them the knowledge that they need to be more confident, competent and calm in the event of an emergency.

For more information, visit www.alicetraining.com or contact your principal.