Keeping Kids Safe Through A.L.I.C.E.
Clarke Community School district has adopted the strategy for lockdown procedures for K-12 known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Prior to the A.L.I.C.E. plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until the “all clear” announcement was given. The A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.
Training emphasizes 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. The methods that are taught in the event they are directly confronted by an armed gunman are:
- Cause distractions to interfere with the ability to shoot accurately
- Cause as much chaos in the room as possible to create sensory overload
- Do not be a stationary target
- How to control the attacker using body weight, not strength
- How to interact with responding Law Enforcement
If you have any questions, contact Clarke Juvenile Court Liaison Officer, Marcus Kious, at 641-342-6505 Ext: 559.