The safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance. We strive to regularly evaluate policies and procedures to help us with this mission. Though we remain hopeful a school safety event is something that we never have to face, we must do our best to prepare and train for such an event to provide the highest level of safety for our students.
Madison Consolidated Schools has adopted a new strategy for lockdown procedures known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. 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.
Friday, February 26th, we will be conducting our first school safety drill using ALICE. This will include an ALERT in the form of an announcement from the principal notifying everyone in the building of the location of the “danger zone.” The areas of the building within the “danger zone” will PRACTICE lockdown and discuss alternate exits from the classrooms, such as a window, but no one will physically exit their classroom during the FIRST DRILL. The principal will continue to INFORM the building of any changes in the “danger zone.” The COUNTER portion of the plan will be introduced in a subsequent phase later in the school year. Those classrooms not in the “danger zone” will practice the EVACUATE portion of the plan if hallways and exits are safe. Teachers will not know the location of the “danger zone” prior to the drill so that they can practice developing a strategy that provides the safest outcome for their students. Therefore, it is very important for the students to listen to the directions given by their teacher.
As drills are conducted, we will continue to work with students to help them understand what we are doing. It has and will be explained that teachers have options, and any decision made will be based on the situation and the best information available. Please note that for elementary students there is not an expectation that they will break windows or throw items. However, they may be asked to help barricade a door or be ready to listen carefully to their teacher and move quickly out of the building.
With the changes coming with A.L.I.C.E., parents may want to take this opportunity to visit with their children regarding personal safety, situational awareness and security. Younger students may need constant reminders of safe practices in order for them to make good decisions related to their personal safety.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. David Horvath at (812) 274-8004 or Officer Jacob McVey at (812) 274-8002, extension 401.
Mr. David Horvath, Principal