A continuing focus on school safety: Berlin Area Schools now ALICE certified
Keeping students, teachers, and staff safe is a priority at Berlin Area School District, so that means continuous learning and training in the most current safety processes and procedures. A big step has been taken in that area with the District recently completing all of the necessary training and crisis plan precautions to become ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) certified. ALICE was the first active shooter preparation training in the United States, and offers proactive, options-based strategies and survival skills.
“We take our responsibility to provide a safe school environment very seriously, so that involves more than just training teachers and staff,” explained Dr. Bob Eidahl, BASD Superintendent. “We also want students to know age-appropriate information that could be helpful to them should an incident occur. While active shooter events are rare, this training provides the knowledge and plans about how to respond in ways to maximize safety.”
BASD began ALICE training with staff in spring 2018, offering online training and scenario-based training at all three schools over the summer with local law enforcement. Student introductions to ALICE began at the start of the 2018-19 school year with the help of BASD Police Liaison Officer, Georgia Trochinski. As part of that effort, an age-appropriate story, “I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared” was read to Clay Lamberton Elementary School students. Officer Trochinski also gave presentations to middle and high school students about ALICE procedures. A district-wide ALICE training drill was completed in December, marking the final requirement before certification.
“The District will need to complete additional ALICE training requirements from time-to-time to keep up the certification and keep all of us current on ways to respond,” explained Dr. Eidahl. “We will be sure to inform families of future ALICE training drills with students.”