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Superintendent’s Message

  

Office of the Superintendent

September 2016  

 

Dear Shelton Parents, 

This is an important notice! Our school district is in the beginning stages of implementing a school-wide defense protocol known as A.L.I.C.E.

It means:

Alert                  

Get the word out! Armed Intruder in building instead of Code Red. Use clear, concise language to convey the type and location of the Event.

Lockdown      

Good starting point. We will continue to lockdown student in Secure area.

Inform              

Communication Keeps the Shooter off Balance and allows for good Decision making.

Counter            

Apply Skills to Distract, Confuse and gain Control.

Evacuate        

Reduce the number of Potential Targets for the shooter, and reduce Chances of victims resulting from friendly fire when help arrives.

 

In recent years, we have seen a troubling increase in school violence and school shootings. As security experts analyze these tragic events, it is clear that we need to do more, not only taking steps in an attempt to prevent the event from occurring but also the training of students and staff on procedures needed to survive an active shooter in our schools. 

Do we need to do more? 

Many schools across the country have answered that question with a method known as Lockdown or Code Red. That system was designed so that in the event an unauthorized person enters the school buildings or grounds, a Code Red or Lockdown alert is given and students and staff are instructed to lock their classroom with lights out and to hide in a far corner of the classroom, while remaining calm and quiet. You are most likely familiar with this approach.  However, does this answer the question? 

Recent history has shown that Lockdown is a tool that we all should use; but, it is not the only tool that we should be using. 

A sad fact is that in almost all of the shootings that occur in schools, the shooters usually create as much carnage as they can in a short period of time and then kill themselves before police even arrive. So, how do we give our students and staff a greater chance of surviving an active shooter?    

We give them more tools.  A.L.I.C.E., like any method of defense, is not perfect; but, law enforcement and security experts believe it improves the odds of our students and staff surviving in the event of a crisis involving an armed intruder. 

By using the above A.L.I.C.E. method, we will teach our students and staff in the event an armed intruder/active shooter evades their secure area to: 

  1. Listen carefully to the location and type of event.

  2. Get to and/or remain in a secure area until it is safe to evacuate.

  3. Should an armed intruder/active shooter enter their area, apply skills to Distract, confuse and gain control.

  1. As soon as it is safe to do so, Evacuate. 

We are NOT training students to fight with intruders. We are training, staff to be prepared, and to adopt procedures beyond ‘Lockdown.’ 

Training will emphasize that the best way to survive an active shooter is to escape. When that is not possible, being mentally prepared and having been given the authority and ability to act will save lives. 

Please note some of the information in this letter is based on review of similar letters from other districts.  Finally, we will be announcing an evening event for parents for further discussion of these complicated issues. 

Thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,        

                                                                      

Christopher Clouet

Superintendent of Schools

 

Benjamin Trabka

Supervisor of Security

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