Lexington Public Schools – Lexington, MA

Lexington Public Schools officials are reviewing and updating the ways students are taught to react in an emergency, including teaching them a new way to react in the event of an active shooter. Four schools will be implementing the Alert Lockdown Inform Counter and Evacuate (ALICE) program this year as part of the emergency response drills. This program is an active response shooter protocol. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Operations Mary Ellen Dunn said the ALICE program is different than the traditional drills students are used to. “Historically, when there has been a threat to a building, you were taught to hide under your desk … [with ALICE] you make your own life-safety decisions based on information you have,” she said. “Once you go through training … you will never look at classrooms the same again,” said Dunn. Read more