Student and staff safety is the top priority of the Anchorage School District
All ASD schools have comprehensive crisis plans detailing action for an emergency on school grounds. As part of the plan, there are procedures staff and students follow if there is a safety or security issue in the school's immediate neighborhood that could potentially effect students or staff. Emergency drills are practiced regularly at every ASD school throughout the year
The Anchorage School District works closely with the Anchorage Police Department to provide a safe learning and working environment. The two organizations engage in direct communication when an emergency situation occurs at or near a school. School Resource Officers are assigned to District schools. Learn more about the SRO program.
Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the District will train all school staff and students to incorporate additional options to increase their readiness in the event of an active shooter or violent intruder situation.
ASD’s current lockdown procedure will expand to include evacuation and means to distract or counter an intruder as a last resort. Adopting these additional methods brings District policies and procedures in line with current federal recommendations.
ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) is a training methodology used nationwide. Developed by the ALICE Training Institute, this program provides a combination of online and in-person group scenario training to increase skills and understanding of our options for safety and survival in an active-shooter emergency.
Conversations about school violence are uncomfortable but staff, students and parents must understand all the options our federal agencies recommend and be prepared to respond should an incident happen at an ASD school.
What does ALICE stand for?
Alert – Sound an alarm using plain and specific language. Seconds matter. Use any and all communications means available. Describe the threat in plain language; give location, description, activity and what direction intruder is heading. Call 911 when it is safe to do so.
Lockdown – Move to a secure location, lock the door and take action to better barricade the room and begin preparing for other strategies if needed, such as evacuate.
Inform – Share the intruder’s location and direction as often as possible using any means necessary (such as the intercom, handheld radios, text, cell phone or other means) so that everyone on site has access to the information.
Counter – This is a last resort. Distract the intruder with noise, movement or throwing objects at the intruder in order to create space to evacuate. This is an age-specific response and some may choose not to counter.
Evacuate – This is always the best first choice, if it is safe to do so. Get as many people away from the danger zone to a safe location as quickly as possible. Leave belongings behind and call 911 when it is safe to do so.
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.