Shelby Public 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. This strategy has been adopted by all schools in Mason, Lake and Oceana County. Prior to the A.L.I.C.E. plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors, moving students to a part of the room when they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given. The A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence. 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.
With the help of law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police, Mason and Oceana County Sheriff Departments, the Oceana Office of Emergency Management, and the Shelby Police Department, the A.L.I.C.E. strategy has been formally presented to and practiced by our school staff. The plan will be fully implemented throughout Shelby’s schools this winter and spring. Teachers will provide direction to the students on what action needs to be taken.
We believe the A.L.I.C.E. plan will improve student safety at all our schools, which is the highest priority we have.
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