The A.L.I.C.E Plan - New School Emergency Procedures
Past practice for lockdowns has been fairly simple - staff locked their doors and turned off the lights. Students would move to a part of the room where they could not be seen and huddle quietly until they were given the "all clear" notice. The premise was to not bring attention to your presence and hopefully any intruder would leave you alone. This strategy changed after the Virginia Tech incident in 2007. From this tragedy a new strategy was developed that will now be used at all Avon Lake City Schools - the ALICE plan.
The philosophy behind the ALICE plan is to utilize technology and information in ways that allow staff and students to make informed decisions, to remove as many people as possible from the DANGER zone, and to provide realistic training so that those in theCRISIS zone have options available to enhance their chances of surviving. Training for staff and students began during the 2011-2012 school year and will continue as full implementation of the program will begin with the 2012-2013 school year.
As our students and staff prepare for upcoming ALICE activity drills in each of our school buildings, parents may find the supplemental information provided below helpful in discussions with their children about safe practices. Please click on the links below to view the emergency procedures appropriate for your child.