- Council Rock School District
DR. FRASER LETTER FOR FAMILIES REGARDING UPCOMING ALICE STUDENT CONVERSATIONS
I am reaching out today to inform you of our planned next step for achieving full District awareness of the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) active shooter response program. I’m proud to say that we currently have 98% of our staff trained in the ALICE method. We are continually educating faculty and support personnel in order to meet our goal of 100%. Also, we are establishing a process to efficiently and effectively train new staff members as they join our District.
As a recap, on March 19, 2019, Council Rock held a School Safety and Security Community Forum. On this night, we were joined by a nationally-certified ALICE trainer, Mr. Brandan Rhone, who delivered a comprehensive overview of ALICE. For those who have not done so already, I urge you to review Mr. Rhone’s portion of the evening. Simply click HERE to watch the ALICE section of our March 19th Forum. I also invite you to review the ALICE K-12 Program Website that serves as a companion to Mr. Rhone’s presentation.
As mentioned above, nearly all of Council Rock staff members are currently trained in the ALICE active shooter response method. Now, we are ready to educate our students on the various elements that make up ALICE. On Monday, April 8th, our staff will engage elementary students in conversation relating to the ALICE method. On Tuesday, April 9th, students in grades 7-12 will view a video introducing them to the ALICE method and also take part in guided conversations. Our facilitated conversations will be age appropriate and will vary in length and content according to grade level. In the coming days, you can expect direct communication from your child’s principal about the rollout of the ALICE method in their school.
It is important for you to know that next week’s ALICE conversations are just that – conversations. We are not engaging in any role-playing exercises, evacuations, or scenarios. Our trained teachers are simply providing age-appropriate information that will act as a foundation for future student sessions.
Thank you for the critical role you play as our partner in education.
Dr. Robert Fraser