St. Joseph-Ogden School District, Heritage School District- St. Joseph, IL

The St. Joseph-Ogden school district is implementing ALICE during the 2015-16 school year in ways that are similar to previous years. ALICE  is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place. Before implementing ALICE, SJO required students and staff to use only lockdown in the event of an active shooter. Now students and staff are given the option to lockdown, counter the shooter or evacuate if they are safely able to. “The majority of our students and staff are very familiar with the process,”  Principal Gary Page said.“Truthfully, I hope we never have to experience a real situation to put our ALICE training into action, but why we like it is because it gives our school community options and training for how to handle crisis situations,” Page said.  “You cannot prepare a plan for every type of situation that may occur, ALICE acknowledges this and provides a fluid plan where students and teachers in different parts of the building can make decisions based on their safety in their location in real time.  ALICE training also uses examples of things that worked and didn’t work in from other unfortunate incidences that help empower our students and teachers to make the best decisions possible.” Read more