Yellow Springs Schools- Yellow Springs, OH

While the district currently has a crisis plan (the details of which Basora said he can’t reveal), there were two potential changes for which he sought community input, Basora said at the meeting. First, district leaders are considering locking the doors to school buildings, and secondly, the district is considering the use of the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) strategy in a crisis situation. District teachers and staff were given A.L.I.C.E. training in October. Regarding the A.L.I.C.E. training and strategy, Basora said the most significant difference between the currently used crisis plan and A.L.I.C.E. is that A.L.I.C.E. encourages teachers and students to evacuate the building if possible. “Our current practice is to sit still and wait. I think that’s a huge mistake,” Basora said. Several who took part in the A.L.I.C.E. training said it was helpful in giving teachers options, and a new perspective of how to respond to a crisis. “I felt empowered,” said aide Donna Haller. Read more