Options Charter School has adopted a new strategy for lockdown procedures known as the ALICE plan. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Prior to the ALICE plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors, moving the student to a part of the room where they could not be seen, turning off the lights, closing blinds, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given. The ALICE plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence. The philosophy of ALICE is to use technology and information so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis to have a better chance of surviving.
The ALICE plan will be implemented at Options Charter School in phases, with the first drill being executed by the end of September, the second by the end of December, and Counter training throughout the school year. Teachers will provide direction to the students on what action needs to be taken, so it is very important that students listen, comprehend, and follow the directions given. This drill will be different from traditional fire, tornado, or lockdown drills. Before the first drill is performed, the individual classroom teachers will use a common set of guidelines to address this topic and teach their class the ALICE plan.
Options Charter School is in no way asking students or staff to make any attempt to subdue an armed gunman outside of their secure area. The best way to survive an active shooter is to escape. However, when escape is not an option ALICE training will provide students with mental and physical preparation for life or death situations to enhance their chance of survival. The methods that will be taught in the event an armed gunman directly confronts them 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
Options Charter School understands that this new program can be disturbing to students, parents, and staff. However, due to the dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings we are hoping to be preemptive of what could occur. Options has put a great deal of resources into protecting our students and staff through new security doors, buzzers, and cameras. Using technology in combination with providing students with more tools and experience we hope to have a greater chance of surviving a dangerous or deadly situation. Further information about ALICE training can be found at http://www.alicetraining.com. You can also contact the assistant principal, Nicholas Kolesiak, with any questions or concerns.