The Lake Holcombe School District is updating its School Emergency Plan to include the ALICE program. ALICE training is designed to provide comprehensive preparedness in the event of a violent (armed) intruder. The Board of Education approved this plan in December 2019. Currently, hundreds of schools, businesses, universities, hospitals, and municipalities have adopted ALICE procedures.
ALICE procedures have been adopted and promoted by government agencies, law enforcement organizations, and associations such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the N.Y.P.D. As of June, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education stated in their Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, recommendations that schools need to plan beyond lockdown, and provide guidance for all options such as evacuation, barricade and counter, run, fight, and hide.
All teaching staff received initial training in January. Soon, all District students will receive training in a developmentally appropriate way. Such training will take place during the school day. Please contact us if you would like to see the curriculum materials used.
The concept of ALICE is:
ALERT: Use plain and specific language to Alert others to the danger.
LOCKDOWN: Barricade the room. Prepare to Evacuate or Counter if needed.
INFORM: Communicate the violent intruder’s location and direction in real time.
COUNTER: Create Noise, Movement, Distance and Distraction with the intent of reducing the shooters ability to shoot accurately. Counter is NOT fighting.
EVACUATE: When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone.
With the ALICE method we will teach our students and staff:
1. Listen carefully to the location and type of event.
2. Get to and/or remain in a secure area until it is safe to evacuate.
3. Should an armed intruder/active shooter evade their area, apply skills to distract, confuse and gain control.
4. As soon as it is safe to do so, evacuate.
Safety drills are required annually. In April we participate in the annual Tornado Drill. The other will be our annual scheduled lockdown drill that will be scheduled after initial student ALICE training is complete, in a developmentally appropriate way, in cooperation with law enforcement. Please take the time to discuss with your child the District’s active shooter response. Ask them about the ALICE program and help them to feel comfortable with the response and drill. Please contact us with any questions. The ALICE program is one more component of the District’s safety plan that serves to provide a safe and caring environment for our students.
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