Maynard and Nashoba School Districst – Maynard, MA

Officials in the Maynard and Nashoba school districts have established emergency protocols and practice drills to help keep children safe in the event of a catastrophe. Superintendent of Maynard Public Schools Robert Gerardi  and Michael Wood, superintendent of the Nashoba Regional School District, are examining a program known as ALICE. According to its website, ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is a set of proactive strategies that increase chances of survival during an armed intruder event. While no one can guarantee there will be no causalities or injuries, ALICE aims to guarantee that passing on knowledge will empower people with options of survival. “There is growing evidence that you want to get out and run,” in the event a shooter enters the school, said Wood. Wood said some of his staff members have already received ALICE training and they are trying to determine what parts of ALICE would work best.”The alert piece is key,” he said. “That would tell people where not to go.” Maynard has just begun looking at ALICE. “There are pieces that make sense to us and we want to adapt our plan a little more,” Gerardi said. Read more