September 30, 2015
Recently, I visited each preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classroom to discuss being prepared in case of an emergency. We discussed fire drills, tornado drills, and safety drills. I read the book, I’m Not Scared… I’m Prepared! Because I Know All About A.L.I.C.E by Julia Cook. In this book the main character, an ant, practices listening to his teacher and learns what to do during a lockdown drill and what to do during an evacuation. He learns what to do if there is ever a dangerous someone inside his school. In the book, the dangerous someone is a wolf. We reviewed the concepts of A.L.I.C.E., talked through what an evacuation and a lockdown will look like and our staff’s expectations for students’ actions and behavior.
On Wednesday, September 30, our students practiced a safety drill and followed procedures for a situation where they may need to evacuate their classroom. In the drill, we practiced listening to the announcements from the PA system and following the teacher’s directions. The schoolwide evacuation drill on Wednesday did not last long and teachers prepared students before the announcements were made. Prior to the whole school drill, students practiced the evacuation with their teacher and were reminded to “Stop, Look, and Listen.”
Our school district, in cooperation with the Streetsboro police department, is adhering to the principles of A.L.I.C.E. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use information so staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from a danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.
If you have any questions, feel free to email or call me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-422-2400.
Amy Cruse, Principal10/2/2015