A.L.I.C.E Program

The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance. We strive to evaluate our policies and procedures to help us with this mission. Though we remain hopeful a school safety event such as an active shooter is something 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. After more than a year of study by the District Safety Committee and receiving input from each school’s Site Council and the Board of Education, the Spring Hill School District is adopting a new strategy for Schedule 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 and is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide training so those involved in a crisis will have a better chance of surviving.

For the A.L.I.C.E. plan to be successful, we must implement in phases.

Phase 1-A panel of school principals, teachers, nurses, parents, district administrators, classified staff and the district School Resource Officer provided input into how these concepts will be implemented to staff and students.

Phase 2- District Staff will be trained. Currently, Deputy Fisher of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is certified as an A.L.I.C.E. trainer and we will have at least two administrators trained soon.

Phase 3-When certified staff members have been trained and are ready, we will start training students. As with most changes, this plan will take some time to provide training and to fully incorporate into our district. School safety is top priority and we want to get it right.

Before we conduct drills with students, we will work with the students to help them understand what we are doing. We will explain that teachers have options and what decision is made will be based on the situation and the best information available. Before the training phase of students, we will provide specifics as to what these drills will look like.

With the new changes coming with A.L.I.C.E., parents may want to take this opportunity to visit with their children regarding personal safety and security. Younger students may need constant reminders of safe practices in order for them to make good decisions related to their personal safety.