St. J Schools Safer with Alice

SchoolBusSafetyST. JOHNSBURY - The St. Johnsbury school participated in a new active shooter drill the week of March 11th This drill is known by the acronym, A.L.I.C.E. This is a new active shooter training drill that is meant to help faculty better protect their students, as well as give students a better set of rules to follow in such a dangerous occasion. The acronym A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evauate. 

This new training is proven to be more developed than the orignial Run, Hide, or Fight drill that is usually taught to students and faculty in an active shooter situation. ALICE, gives more training to faculty so that in certain cases they will know whether to hide their students, or if they are alone and near the perpitrator, what they can do to ensure others safety, or even what they can do to identify the perpitraitor or even take them down if the right situation calls for their intervention. "I would say that this new training drill gives faculty and school staff a much larger role," Says Mandy Silva, a school counselor and one of the two ALICE certified faculty on call, "The newly introduced steps of Inform and Counter greatly increase the roles that a faculty member can take in disarming or identifying the dangerous person(s) within the school.


It is important for people to understand that this new drill is not meant to make more faculty members braver or more apt to put themselves in danger, it is only meant to help them think and stay calm in an otherwise dire and demanding situation. It is not just faculty and the student body at the St. Johnsbury school who trained with the ALICE drill; members of the St. Johnsbury Police and Fire department, as well as Calex Ambulance Services are all ALICE certified as well. Members of the St. Johnsbury Police were present at the St. Johnsbury school during training sessions to increase the cohesiveness between school faculty and members of the local police department. All understand how it works, and all are happy to see the new drill in place at the school.

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