Faculty and staff of the Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center (KCKCC-TEC) underwent A.L.I.C.E. Training held at the school on May 7. This training pertains to emergency procedures to be Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
Faculty and staff are being instructed to implement all five procedures at once. If an intruder gains access to a school’s area, immediate notification should be relayed to the rest of the school on where the intruder is. This will assist in areas further from the direct target area to evacuate the building to safety.
A.L.I.C.E. Training officially started in 2001 after lengthy assessment of the Columbine High School (April 20, 1999) tragedy’s emergency procedure proved ineffective in safety for students. Hiding under desks and lockdown within school rooms are no longer considered the best method for avoiding fatalities within a gunman situation.
Training officers also gave the fatality account of the Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007) and what could have been utilized to avoid the number of murders.
In both situations, Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, the students who remained hiding were more apt to be killed than those who either securely barricaded the door or fled the scene despite the possible danger.
More and more school districts and Fortune companies are adapting A.L.I.C.E. Training to prevent unnecessary tragedies. The U.S. Department of Education connected with the program as well as several other security branches on local and national levels.
According to the A.L.I.C.E. Training website, “If a school district fails its duty to protect students from injury and an appropriate standard of care was not used, the district can be found negligent.” Once a situation happens, school officials will be held legally accountable based on these facts:
- “Did you comply with federal & state recommendations?
- “Is your policy consistent with comparable schools?
- “Did you comply with your own stated policy?”
However, more than ever a plan for evacuation of staff and students needs to be prepared and considered and not only with an educational environment.
“Everyone should always be aware wherever they go,” one officer said. “Even when visiting a mall, note the emergency exits in case an active shooter comes in.”
For more information on A.L.I.C.E. Training, click here.
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