Elementary Principal Jeff Kuehn, School Board Member Justin Roiger, and Brown County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Eric Schwarzrock prepare for the demonstration in the Media Center at Springfield Public School.   All participants wore face masks to protect them from pellets.

ALICE Training School Security: a duty to protect

ALICE is an acronym for Alert – Lockdown – Inform – Counter – Evacuate, or run-hide-fight, a federal Homeland Security Department program originally created for use in workplace settings. 

The information presented and demonstrations showed things employees can do if they are ever confronted with an armed intruder situation. The workshop was based on the ALICE Program that teaches potential victims to make themselves harder to target and includes ways to fight back.  

The information was presented by Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Keith Kottke and Elementary Principal Jeff Kuehn, who, along with faculty members Tiffany Hillesheim and Jim Eckstein, recently attended an ALICE workshop in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Families and communities expect schools to keep their children safe from all threats including human-caused emergencies such as crimes of violence.  In collaboration with local government and community stakeholders, schools can take steps to plan and prepare to mitigate these threats.  Every school Emergency Operating Procedure should include courses of action that will describe how students and staff can most effectively respond to an active shooter situation to minimize the loss of life, and teach and train on these practices.  No single response fits all active shooter situations, however, making sure each individual knows his or her options for response and can react decisively will save valuable time.

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