Schools are some of the safest places for our children because most schools practice evacuation drills for fires and protective measures for tornadoes, but far fewer schools practice for active shooter situations. To be prepared for an active shooter event, schools should train their staff, students, and families, as appropriate, in what to expect and [...]
Good planning includes conducting drills which must include first responders and school resources officers (where applicable). Exercises with these valuable partners are one of the most effective and efficient ways to ensure that everyone not only knows his or her roles, but also the roles of others at the scene. These exercises should include walks [...]
According to the US Department of Education, “it is possible that staff and students will need to use more than one option. Rarely will they have all of the information they need to make a fully informed decision about which option is best. While they should follow the plan (EOP) and any instruction given during [...]
We recommend that all student training be age-appropriate with their teacher leading the training. This includes using the ALICE Training children's book, “I’m not Scared...I’m Prepared” and the associated classroom workbook for teachers.
ALICE Training typically takes the place of the lockdown drills. The length of training for students may range from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the age of the classroom.