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 practices 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.
During the 2016-17 school year, the District trained all school staff and students to incorporate additional options and 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.
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What does ALICE stand for?
A – Alert: Sound an alarm using plain and specific language to alert others to the danger.
L – 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 or, as a last resort counter.
I – Inform: Share the violent 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. The goal is that knowledge is the key to survival.
C – Counter: This is a last resort. Interrupt the physical act of the violent intruder by making noise or other distraction with the intent of reducing the intruder’s ability to execute his/her plan. This could mean throwing available objects to hinder the intruder’s aim. This is a last resort when the violent intruder is in the immediate vicinity and individuals are unable to escape.
E – Evacuate: When it is safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone. The goal is to get as many people away from the situation as possible. ALICE training provides techniques for safer and more strategic evacuations that will make the need to counter less likely. Individuals are encouraged to always evacuate when possible.
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.