For a number of years, schools across the nation have practiced the “Lockdown Model,” when it comes to protection against a school emergency, such as a school shooting.
However, there is a new model of protection that is rapidly becoming more and more popular as the number of school shootings and emergencies increases year by year.
Thar model is the “A.L.I.C.E. Model,” which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
Yukon Public Schools will implement that model of protection starting in the next school year, which will begin in August.
Training for the new model will commence this summer and continue throughout the year.
Yukon Police Department Master Sergeant and School Resource Officer Scott Franklin presented a clear description with Power Point to the Yukon school board on Monday evening at the March school board meeting.
Franklin had several Yukon Police officers attending the meeting in support of his presentation, including YPD Chief John Corn.
Franklin, Corn and other Yukon Police officers will be in charge of the training, which will be given to the employees at YPS.
Franklin has a resume built for this type of training, as he has eight years of experience in the Army Infantry, 26 years of experience in law enforcement, 12 years of experience as the School Resource Officer and three years of experience as the SWAT team coordinator.
The A.L.I.C.E. Model is used in all 50 states and more than 1 million people have been trained in the system. The list of different schools, companies and organizations using this model includes 3,280 police departments, 3,700 school districts, 1,300 health care facilities, 900 higher education institutes, 1,700 businesses, 600 government agencies and 310 houses of worship.
Here’s a breakdown of what the Yukon Police Department will be providing in terms of training for YPS employees:
-Provide A.L.IC.E. training to all YPS employees, starting with all principals of the district at the end of this school year
-Use scheduled summer training time to instruct all teachers on the benefits and versatility of A.L.I.C.E. and train all incoming teachers yearly and current teachers on alternating years
-Present approximately two hours of classroom instruction, covering A.L.I.C.E.’s “Option-based” training model
-Evaluate approximately 2 hours of training scenarios taken from actual school crisis events
-Make ourselves available for questions that may arise after training and be available for classrooms specific concerns
Here’s a breakdown of what exactly the A.L.I.C.E. Model looks like:
Alert – Notifying staff and students of potential threat.
-Emergency Notification System
-Barricade the door – use anything in the room to fortify the doors and windows to prevent the suspect from entering the room.
-Spread out, don’t huddle together.
-Look for and use escape routes
-Gather objects and prepare distract or defend
-Keep as quiet as possible
-DO NOT open the door for anyone
-No code words. Use plain language. Everyone needs to understand what is going on (to include substitute teachers, visitors, first responders, etc.)
-Pass on info–utilize P.A. system, cell phones, radios
-Only relay relevant info who, what, when, where, how
-Anything can be used as a defensive weapon (chair, fire extinguisher, books, etc.)
-Swarm method utilizing lots of people and body weight to control suspect
-Fight as though your life depends on it
-Counter is a last resort and any training or plans should be age appropriate.
-Counter is also a personal decision and should not be a mandate or policy
-Counter can allow a potential victim to take back control of the situation
-Leave all personal items, backpacks, purses, cell phones, etc. behind
-Exit the building as fast and safely as possible
-Use Any Exit DO NOT PASS FIRST EXIT
-Don’t try to leave in a vehicle
-Get as many people out of the crisis area as possible
-Have multiple rally points in different directions from the school.
-Keep hands free and visible
-Obey commands/direction from first responders