News Release: 2014-02-11: WLS Holds Alice Training for Staff

Washington Local Holds A.L.I.C.E. Training for All Staff
Friday, February 14, 2014 (throughout the day)
Media invited to Afternoon Scenario Enactments
12:30-2 p.m. / 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Whitmer High School Auditorium / Building
5601 Clegg. Dr. (off Alexis, near Douglas)
The Washington Local Schools are teaming up with the police departments from
Toledo, Oregon City, Sylvania City, and Sylvania Township, and the Lucas County
Sheriff’s Office to present A.L.I.C.E. training to ALL Washington Local staff during
the district’s Professional Development Day on February 14.
The A.L.I.C.E. Program is a national active shooter response program which has
been endorsed by Homeland Security, law enforcement agencies, and school
safety experts. A.L.I.C.E. teaches school personnel tactical advantages and
provides strategies to survive a life-threatening event.
The A.L.I.C.E. Program offers five tactical options to provide the best chance of
survival when faced with an active shooter situation -- Alert, Lockdown, Inform,
Counter, and Evacuate. The five steps are NOT sequential; they are options that
may be utilized. In the unlikely event of a violent intruder, school personnel will
assess the circumstances and decide which options will work best to protect lives.
The A.L.I.C.E. training will include a 2-hour presentation in the morning for ALL
Washington Local staff. Throughout the rest of the day, groups of WLS staff will be
scheduled for participation in scenario enactments, debriefings, and questions.
(Media are invited to attend the afternoon scenario enactment sessions, which
run from 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m.)
Cherie Mourlam, Washington Local’s Assistant Superintendent, has made the
arrangements for the district’s safety training initiative with local police
departments. The training is for ALL Washington Local staff – cafeteria,
transportation, and maintenance employees as well as school personnel.
“As a parent of two elementary-age children, the thought of children being in a
life-threatening situation is unsettling,” Mrs. Mourlam said. “As a school system,
the safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority. We have set
aside a full day for staff training, because this is such an important district
initiative. We believe this program will prepare our employees to respond quickly
and appropriately in the event of an emergency.”
Washington Local has implemented several initiatives to protect students and
staff. Security cameras and buzzer entry systems at district schools assist in
keeping WLS students safe. A new Director of District Police, Security, and Safety
was hired in August; Chief Randy Sehl is coordinating school safety efforts with
school resource officers, local police departments, and other public and private
security personnel. Implementation of district-wide staff training in A.L.I.C.E. is an
additional layer in Washington Local’s multi-faceted security plans.