ALAH High School ALICE Training Parent Letter

ALAH High School ALICE Training Parent Letter
Posted on 02/20/2019

February 20, 2019

Dear Parents & Guardians:

The safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. To that end, we continuously review our policies and practices to ensure that recent research and data support the policies we employ. The US Department of Education, International Association of Chiefs of Police, FEMA and the FBI all recommend having active plans that include decision making and options rather than school lockdowns, in the unlikely event of a school intruder.

Arthur CUSD # 305 has adopted ALICE, a nationally recognized program. ALICE is a proactive set of responses to an active school intruder event which empowers individuals to utilize human action.

ALICE stands for:

Alert – Get the word out! Use clear, concise language to convey the type and location of the event.

Lockdown – Good starting point. We will continue to lockdown students in a secure area, however, we will include barricading the area for additional security.

Inform – Communication keeps the intruder off balance and allows for good decision-making.

Counter – Apply skills to distract, confuse and gain control.

Evacuate – As soon as it is safe to do so, evacuating.

I, as well as four members of the police force of communities in our district have attended trainings regarding ALICE. These individuals conducted two trainings with all district personnel. The first phase of high school student training will occur on Friday, February 22nd with a follow-up in the Spring of 2019. Students will be versed in all aspects of ALICE and will allow for numerous debriefing conversations with adults including local, trained police officers. All classes will be on an abbreviated schedule to accommodate this training. There will be no live simulations during this time just instructions and questions on the ALICE program and how to respond.

Our goal is to ensure that, in the event of a school violence or intruder incident, students and teachers have all the tools to react per the information they have available at that time.  Please contact the High School if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you

Jared Vanausdoll

Assistant Principal, ALAH High School