Dear Parents & Guardians:
As of June 2013, the Federal Department of Education has significantly changed the recommended guidelines for schools regarding how schools should prepare, train, and respond to active shooter situations.
Consequently, several of our staff members, together with members of the Agawam Police Department, have recently attended the ALICE Training Institute’s, Active Shooter Response Training Instructor Course. These trained staff members now have the ability to provide their colleagues and other staff members in each of our eight schools with proactive survival strategies in the event an active shooter or intruder enters one of our buildings.
As you may or may not know, the acronym ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This set of proactive strategies moves beyond the lockdown procedures and increases the chance of survival during a violent intruder event. Supported by more than 700 law enforcement agencies around the nation, ALICE complies with the new standard of care recently developed by the Federal Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Agawam Public Schools embraces this new standard of care and will be training all staff members in ALICE during the next few months. To date, staff at Agawam High School, Agawam Junior High School, and Doering School have received extensive ALICE Training. As part of preparation and implementation, students will practice ALICE training drills similar to their practice of fire drills. These drills will employ advanced responses to those responses currently followed in our Lockdown Procedures.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit http:/bit.ly/DoE-K12-Guidelines to learn more. I plan to address all questions and concerns in a recorded response on cable television’s Educational Channel 12.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to make safety a priority for all of our students and staff.