I trust this message finds you well and enjoying a little sunshine and warmer temps after a very wintry start to March.
Our job as an educational institution is to prepare our students to be successful beyond our walls, and that is our greatest priority here in the Triton Schools. However, in order to ensure that level of success, students and educators need to have confidence in the safety and security of our schools and buildings, so this must take equal precedence. Our safety committees meet monthly across the district as they always have, but in the light of tragic events in recent months and years, we have continued to update our policies and procedures to be prepared for an active shooter situation. To that end, and as you know, the district is in the process of implementing the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, and is endorsed by federal and state security agencies and all three of our local Police Departments. Though we hope we never have to face an active shooter incident in any of our schools, we must prepare and train for such an event to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
A.L.I.C.E. uses information in a way that allows staff and students to make informed decisions in a crisis situation and to protect as many people as possible by moving away from the danger zone. A.L.I.C.E. is not a protocol that is useful only for schools, as it provides training that can be used beyond school walls in the community and ensures the highest rate of survival during a crisis. All staff have been trained since the start of this school year, and we have conducted internal drills and exercises to prepare for introduction of the concepts to students later this spring.
The next step in the implementation process is an Information Session for all Parents, Guardians, and the Community. This presentation and discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the High School Auditorium. Our ALICE Trainers, Administrators from all our schools, and the chiefs and officers from the Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury Police Departments will be presenting on this evening. The time will be structured with a brief overview of the protocols and our response, with extensive time set aside for questions and answers from those in attendance. I encourage you to attend this session.
There will be no drills or discussions with students before this event on April 9th. We will outline our next steps further at this event, but before any drills are conducted with students, we will work to help them understand the safety procedures at a developmentally and age appropriate level.
We look forward to sharing this information with you, and your participation in this session. Please contact me via the email or phone below with any questions.