The safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. We strive to regularly evaluate policies and procedures to help us with this mission. Though we remain hopeful a school safety event, such as an active shooter, is something that we never have to face, we must do our best to prepare and train for such an event to provide the highest level of safety for our students. Last month the District‘s Leadership Team has been implementing a strategy known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan for Schedule I/Lockdown procedures. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide training so those involved in a crisis will have a better chance of surviving.
For the A.L.I.C.E. plan to be successful, it will be implemented in phases:
Phase 1 (Completed) – Marion County Sheriff's Department provided a one day overview to teachers, support staff, nurse and district administrators.
Phase 2 (Completed) – District staff members will take part in an assimilation drill implementing the A.L.I.C.E. strategies. Both the Elementary and Jr/Sr High building will begin designing a plan that best suits their staff and students. (Details will be forthcoming in the weeks to come.)
Phase 3 (Underway) –Certified staff members have been trained and are being prepared to work with students. As with most changes, this plan will take some time to provide additional training and to fully incorporate into our district. School safety is top priority, and we want to get it right. Before drills are conducted with students, we will work with students to help them understand what we are doing. It will be explained that teachers have options, and any decision made will be based on the situation and the best information available. With the changes coming with A.L.I.C.E., parents may want to take this opportunity to visit with their children regarding personal safety, situational awareness and security. Younger students may need constant reminders of safe practices in order for them to make good decisions related to their personal safety.
If you have any questions, please contact Randy Alger (Jr/Sr High) or Mike Horstman (Elementary) at (641) 947-3731 /Elem. 947-3151.
(Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate)
Initial alert may be a gunshot, PA announcement, etc
Avoid code words.
Be as precise as possible.
If evacuation is not a safe option, barricade entry points.
Prepare to evacuate or counter if needed.
Communicate real time information on shooter location.
Use clear and direct language using any communication means possible.
As a last resort, distract shooters ability to shoot accurately.
Move toward exits while making noise, throwing objects, or ADULTS swarm the shooter.
RUN from danger when safe to do so using non-traditional exits if necessary.
Having a meeting place for everyone must be predetermined.