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January 17, 2014

Teachers learn about ALICE

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A driving point of the instruction was illustrating that a lockdown and hide strategy leads to easy victims for an armed intruder.

“Being static is the worst possible thing you could do,” Moore said during Monday’s instruction.

Now, it is being encouraged to evacuate the building and threat area whenever possible while locking down only in areas where it is not safe or possible to evacuate.

The ALICE instruction also provided tips for staff to be able to use in order to pacify a shooting suspect, if necessary, and also how to use tools readily available in the classroom to safely lockdown and protect students in the event of an active shooter or other serious emergency in a school building.

School procedures aren’t the only things that are being updated. How law enforcement responds to and handles active shooter situations at schools has changed as well.

Formerly, law enforcement would wait for several responding officers or SWAT teams to arrive on scene before they would enter the building and attempt to neutralize a threat. Now, officers will begin immediately engaging any suspect upon an individual officer’s arrival to the scene.

During the instruction, it was estimated that law enforcement units would begin arriving on scene anywhere from one-four minutes. Response would be immediate if the school resource officer is already at the school in which an active shooter scenario would be unfolding.

However, teachers and staff were reminded during Monday’s instruction that they would be the true first responders in an active shooter situation, and should be prepared to handle such situations.

Following the morning instruction, staff were taken to their normal buildings for hands-on group instruction with the various techniques they were taught during the morning training. At the Monday, Jan. 13 School Board meeting several staff and administrators in attendance shared some thoughts about the training with the board.

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