Focus 2025: Bus Drivers: Keeping Our Students Safe and Supported
We have all read and heard about the growing threat of violent intruders and active shooters. The Wautoma Area School District adopted A.L.I.C.E. as our form of protection against a threat of a violent intruder or active shooter in our schools.
School Resource Officer Deputy Lafe Hendrickson introduced A.L.I.C.E. to WASD during the 2014-15 school year through trainings with staff at all schools. This was soon followed by further training and drills conducted by staff, which led to training and drills with students.
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Alert refers to the method in which students and staff learn about a dangerous situation. This may include an announcement from a staff member or noise from an initial attack. Lockdown means to barricade room entrances when evacuation is not a safe option. Inform refers to the clear communication of information that may help others stay safe. Counter means to distract an intruder and throw objects at or swarm the attacker. Evacuate is usually the preferred method to run from the danger and go to rally points. These are all options that can be implemented in any order or combinations rather than sequential options.