Head of School’s Letter

School Safety

Posted by Michelle on September 26, 2019

Each school year begins with a series of safety classes for faculty and staff including CPR, first aid and Epi-pen® administration. ASM develops comprehensive safety plans for our community with input from the Andover Fire and Police Departments. The Fire Department conducts three drills each year which are unannounced; they are always impressed with our quick response time. We also practice lockdowns and evacuating the building so that we are prepared for any type of emergency.

ASM uses the ALICE protocol, which is now widely accepted as the “best practice” in school safety. Faculty and staff are trained in ALICE at the beginning of each schoolyear.

What is ALICE?

Alert:   Alert as many people as possible to the danger using plain and specific language
Lockdown:   Barricade the room, prepare to evacuate or counter if necessary
Inform:   Communicate specific, up to date information about the intruder in real time
Counter:   Create noise, movement, distance and distraction to reduce a shooter’s accuracy
Evacuate:   When it is safe, remove yourself from the danger zone

 

The ALICE steps are not meant to be sequential and are executed depending upon the individual situation. Prior to each ALICE drill, parents will be notified.

You should know that if there is ever a need to evacuate the school for any reason, our meeting place is the Faith Lutheran Church at 360 South Main Street. I have met with Detective Higginbottom from the Andover Police Department who assures me that this is the best reunification spot for our families. In an emergency, South Main Street would be blocked by police in both directions, thus allowing our students to walk safely to the church. Entrance to the church would be permitted for our families and officials only.

Safety is my top priority for our school community. We conduct practice drills throughout the school year so our children learn how to respond to emergency situations in a calm and systematic manner.

 

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