August 24, 2016
Procedures are in line with current federal recommendations
This fall, the Anchorage School District will implement a training program to better prepare staff and students for an active shooter crisis. The training incorporates additional methods to increase readiness and understanding of options for safety and survival such an emergency.
ASD’s current lockdown procedures will expand to include evacuation and means to distract or counter an intruder as a last resort. All staff and students will be trained in the ALICE Training Institute response, a program used on many school campuses nationwide. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The strategies do not need to be completed in order and should not be considered a checklist. Staff and students will rely on the information at hand and their own judgment to determine the safest course of action.
Adopting these additional methods will bring district policies and procedures in line with current federal recommendations, which are based on years of research following attacks on school grounds nationwide.
“This response empowers staff and students to be smart about the environment around them, understand their risks and do something,” said Dr. Deena Paramo, superintendent. “Student and staff safety is the absolute top priority in our district. This revision in our emergency procedures is based on national standards, evidence and data.”
Beginning on Aug. 26, district staff will take a one-hour online training which will be followed by a three-hour group scenario training. All staff will be trained in ALICE by the end of the first quarter, Oct. 28. School staff will then begin to implement the additional options in drills with students.
An informational meeting about the ALICE response will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at the ASD Education Center, 5530, E. Northern Lights Boulevard. More information about ASD’s emergency procedures is available on the district’s website.
Additional communication will be made with parents when the training is scheduled to take place in their child’s school.
The ALICE Training Institute response was vetted by the Anchorage Police Department, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and is in use in other school districts throughout the state.