Providing a safe, secure learning environment for students is one of our highest priorities. This is why USD 373 has implemented the use of ALICE (i.e. alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate). ALICE training has become a requirement of staff who are employed by USD 373. Our USD 373 staff have been trained to understand that ALICE is not a step-by-step response, but rather a set of options to utilize in the event of a violent intruder.
What is A.L.I.C.E.?
A.L.I.C.E. is a school safety program created to offer additional options to students and staff in dealing with an armed intruder situation. Two of the individuals who founded and developed the program are long-term law enforcement professionals. A 30-year educational professional is a member of the team and works to ensure that A.L.I.C.E. teaching/training materials are age-appropriate, psychologically sound, and address the issues of individuals with special needs.
What do the letters stand for in the name A.L.I.C.E.?
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym that stands for:
- ALERT: Get the word out that a threat exists
- LOCKDOWN: Secure a place to stay as much as possible as a starting point to buy time.
- INFORM: Give constant, real-time information throughout the building using all available technology.
- COUNTER: This is a last resort. Individuals are unable to escape. Countering may be as simple as creating a distraction to allow opportunities to escape.
- EVACUATE: The goal is to move students out of the danger zone. It’s important to be prepared to escape.