Georgetown Public Schools- Georgetown, MA

Georgetown teachers and faculty will soon have ALICE training – which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate – to learn the best practices in dealing with a school shooter. “The program has certainly gained a lot of interest nationally,” Georgetown Superintendent Carol Jacobs said. “We had begun talking about this, and this was actually a recommendation of a task force that Gov. Patrick put together, to have districts consider using ALICE training,” Jacobs continued. “The case of an active shooter … is the only reason you would use ALICE,” Jacobs said. “We wanted to extend our lockdown procedure to have it reflect more of the lessons that have been learned in these awful shootings, in colleges, universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country.” This year, only teachers will be given ALICE training – Penn Brook in January and the Middle High School in April. But in coming years, it will be given to students as well. Read more