Marquette Catholic School System – Bellevue, IA

Marquette Catholic school system in Bellevue is working to equip its students with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a shooter entering one of the buildings. The school uses ALICE training, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. K-12 school counselor Julie Schmidt said the old approach to an active shooter was to lock down all students in their respective classrooms, but now students are encouraged to use any of the ALICE approaches, whichever is safest. That may include exiting a classroom through a window and running to a designated safe location. “In the event there was actually a shooter in the building, the students would have an option of what they wanted to do,” Schmidt explained. “If they were best evacuating, which had not been done before, or are they best locking down?” Read more