Head of School’s Letter

Safety First

Posted by Joanna on April 5, 2018

As I have shared on many occasions, school safety is my top priority. Before the recent tragedy that took place in Parkland, Florida, I had registered to become certified as an ALICE trainer.

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I attended the training. Footage was reviewed from real-life, active shooting events that have occurred in schools, universities and other venues, such as the hotel in Las Vegas. I participated in group training exercises that simulated violent critical incidents (VCI) where I actually took a ‘fake’ bullet to my leg. Needless to say, this was an intensely physical and emotional experience.

It is important to understand that school shootings are rare. However, our faculty, staff and students must learn how to respond to an active shooter. Even though there hasn’t been a fatality due to fire in a school since the 1950’s, we practice fire drills. To that end, we will continue to practice ALICE drills during the remainder of the school year.

ALICE is widely accepted today as the best practice in school safety. To better understand the protocol, I invite you to view an educational video produced by Hanover High School.

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