The Standard in School Safety Programs

When facing extreme violence, a passive lockdown-only response may not always keep us safe. In fact, it’s no longer the preferred response of federal and state agencies. People need options to respond based on their circumstances. Proactive options-based strategies help them feel empowered to make the best decision rather than hopelessly endure a difficult situation.

Ensure the preparedness of your K-12 School by adding school shooter response training to your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). ALICE Training provides you with the tools to support your school training plan, perform school safety drills and exercises, and certify your K-12 School staff. Active shooter response training provides students and staff with effective response options in the event of an active shooter situation. No single response fits all active shooter situations. However, making sure each individual knows his or her options for response and is prepared to react decisively can save valuable time and help minimize the loss of life.

A Safe and Healthy Learning Environment

Help your students thrive by providing a safe school environment. Each school day, our nation’s schools are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for approximately 55 million elementary and secondary students in public and nonpublic schools. Families and communities expect schools to keep their children and students safe from all threats, including human-caused emergencies such as crimes of violence. In collaboration with local government and community stakeholders, schools can take steps to build skills and confidence to respond effectively to these situations with ALICE Training.

SCHOOL SECURITY: A DUTY TO PROTECT

Since Jefferson founded public education for the citizens of the United States, schools have been charged with the safety of children in their care – a duty to protect. Teachers and administrators have a responsibility to anticipate potential dangers and to take precautions to protect their students from those dangers.

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ALICE Training: THE STANDARD OF CARE

If a school district fails its duty to protect students from injury and an appropriate standard of care was not used, the district can be found negligent. The standard of care is not a statute or regulation that can be pointed to and expounded upon. The standard of care is a concept that is argued in courtrooms requiring school districts to answer questions like:

1.  Did you comply with federal & state recommendations?
2.  Is your policy consistent with comparable schools?
3.  Did you comply with your own stated policy?

ALICE Training Options

Whether you’re a small or large K-12 school – we’ve got you covered.

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Safe Schools Training Builds Skills and Confidence for Your K-12 Students

School safety measures are detailed within a K-12 School’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and include procedures to address a wide array of emergencies. Safety measures include training, drills, lockdowns, evacuations, parent-student reunification procedures and emergency communications protocols. ALICE Training is a safety measure that provides training and strategies for effective response to active shooter situations and other acts of violence.
Age-appropriate training utilizes storybooks, hands-on activities, worksheets and other methods to explore concepts in a way that different age levels can easily understand and respond to. ALICE Training includes specific modules for different age groups, from Pre-K children through 12th grade. The curriculum and activities offer language and concepts to facilitate learning about violence, stranger danger and more.

When talking with students about safety, it is important to consider age and development first and foremost. Using age- and ability-appropriate language, tools and concepts is critical to helping students learn the skills necessary to respond effectively during an emergency. Teaching school safety in this manner creates a safer environment for children and aligns with the National Standard of Care for Schools. Preparing students for unsafe situations and emergencies should not be a scary experience.

It’s important to incorporate training into your school’s safety procedures that builds awareness at all levels. This is easy to accomplish with the right technology and tailored information. ALICE Training delivers eLearning that empowers educators with school emergency lesson plans and interactive courses for their staff and students. We designed curriculum for Pre-K, K-3, 4-6 and 7-12 levels that are age-appropriate and also take cognitive, behavioral and developmental ability into consideration. Learn more about ALICE Training’s K-12 Student Curriculum.

An active shooter is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” This definition is agreed-upon by US government agencies (including the White House, US Department of Justice, FBI, US Department of Education, US Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency).

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Give students of all ages the tools they need to respond to emergencies at school, at home and in the community. The right tools build awareness around smart decision-making that teach them how to be proactive, even in unsafe situations. We provide age-appropriate training for active shooter response and other safety training topics, including assault, abduction and abuse, complete with lessons and courses that cater to different student grade levels. By “speaking their language,” our safety training provides valuable lessons in decision-making without scaring students.

Identify School Safety Opportunities

There are many ways to create a culture of safety throughout your school. From initiatives designed to prevent and prepare to those that focus on response and recovery, school safety is a journey, not a destination. This is why Navigate360 provides technology, education and services across the entire spectrum of safety. And ALICE Training is a critical component of any safety program. In addition to ALICE Training, Navigate360 also offers:

Technology

  • Behavioral Threat Assessment Manager
  • Emergency Management Suite
    • Safety Plan Wizard
    • Drill Management
    • Real-Time Emergency Response Flipcharts App
    • Staff & Student Accountability
    • Interactive Floor Plans
    • Reunification

Education

  • Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
  • Trauma Response eLearning
  • Understanding Bullying eLearning

Services

  • Interactive Site Mapping
  • Safety & Security Assessments
    • Risk Assessment
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Security Audit

School Safety Resources

Find additional school safety resources from trusted authorities.

https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/Publications/IACP_School_Violence.pdf
The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence.

https://rems.ed.gov/docs/Guide_for_Developing_HQ_School_EOPs.pdf
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guide for developing high-quality school Emergency Operations Plans.

https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/violence-prevention-in-schools-march-2017.pdf/view
An FBI document that captures practical advice from experienced school resource officers on how law enforcement, schools and districts can work together to keep schools safe.

If your K-12 school’s only response is Lockdown . . . you’re at odds with the US Department of Education.

In its 2007 publication, the US Department of Education’s guidance for active shooter response was limited to lockdown-only approach that included students hiding under desk or against walls.  Some of these techniques originated during the cold war as a method of protection from a nuclear threat.

In 2013, the US Department of Education spent considerable resources researching active shooting events. Their findings have resulted in a change in guidance. ALICE Training protocols are used almost exclusively in all new guidance. Following current federal and state recommendations is a major step in limiting a school district’s liability by demonstrating they have met today’s standard of care.

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A 2015 Gallup poll results show that three in 10 U.S. Parents worry about their children’s safety at school. The most horrifying acts of violence at U.S. schools can leave temporary impressions on parents’ psyches. The early 2000’s, which were just as much to post 9/11 years as they were the post-Columbine years, ranked high for parental anxiety about school security.

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Teach kids about school security without making them scared.

You can teach children about school security without scaring them – You just need to know how. Young people are at risk of assault, abduction, and abuse even in caring families, schools, and communities. Skills and knowledge are the keys to keeping kids safe. The good news is that there are simple and effective ways of teaching children how to protect themselves that will work most of the time.

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News Highlights – K-12 School Security

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Kenton County Schools Receive ALICE Training

Kenton County school officials trained 15,000 students, teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other employees in ALICE– Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate –procedure for several emergency situations. Read more

 

A Nationwide Shift in Thinking – California Teachers Association

California Teacher Association members and administrators who attended the ALICE training say they plan on teaching their colleagues these tactics and strategies upon their return. “I’m in favor of this type of training,” says Linda Chan, the chair of CTA’s Safety Committee. Read more

Local PD brings [Age Appropriate] ALICE to Centerville Schools

West Chester Township police created a video that the district uses to help educate younger students about ALICE Training. Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson says the video is a good tool to help protect children from an armed intruder.  Read more

What the FBI and related School Security Experts are Saying

“Civilians stopping shooters is even more common in school settings. To suggest that people shouldn’t think about it or that it shouldn’t be addressed or talked about is irresponsible. We have stories that don’t turn into massacres because people did something.” September 2015
Peter Blair, Ph.D. Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas State
“Run, hide or fight, or some combination of those, is the reality of the three options everyone has during an active shooter situation.” September, 2015
Katherine Schweit, FBI, Chief of Violence Prevention
“School districts are doing a complete disservice to their students, staff and their families if they are not prepared for a violent intruder. In my opinion, ALICE Training is the absolute best solution for that problem!” July 2015
Kurtis Buckley, School Resource Officer, Rantoul Township High School

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