September 5, 2014
Dear Lockland School District Parents,
The safety of our students and staff is paramount with our Board of Education and administration. To that end, we regularly evaluate our Crisis Plan. In light of recent events, it has become clear that when it comes to an intruder type situation, the traditional secure in place is not the best response. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio School Safety Task Force recommends including training protocols found in Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate or simply known as A.L.I.C.E. It is an acronym that represents an alternative way of responding to a crisis through five concepts: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
The A.L.I.C.E. program emphasizes that the best way to survive an active-violent situation is to evacuate when the opportunity exists rather than simply lockdown and hide. The A.L.I.C.E. program does not change anything about the way law enforcement responds to an emergency, but it does teach our students and staff to respond in a way that, based on the situation, gives them the best opportunity to be safe.
Facilities Manager, Mr. Don Schilling, is now a Certified Trainer for A.L.I.C.E. Our staff recently experienced two in-serviced trainings on the program and expectations. Our next step is notifying our parents and community members. We are having a Parent Meeting in the auditorium on Monday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. to demonstrate the new procedures and answer any questions you may have. The final phase will be introducing the program to our students. We will present and discuss the program in different ways depending on the age of the audience. We will also practice the program throughout the school year, just like fire and tornado drills.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this or any program at Lockland Schools, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always available to the students, parents and citizens of this wonderful district.
Yours in education,
Matt M. Bishop, Ph.D.