OTTUMWA — All Ottumwa district teachers attended the first of two A.L.I.C.E. training sessions on Wednesday. The training is part of a collaborative effort between the Ottumwa Police Department and Ottumwa Schools to incorporate a new violent intruder response program.
The A.L.I.C.E. Program teaches students and teachers what tactical advantages they have if an intruder situation occurs in their school. The program is divided into five steps: alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. The program focuses on survival strategies that will save lives.
“The safety of the students and teachers is our only concern,” said Dave Harper, Evans Middle School principal and A.L.I.C.E training coordinator. “We believe this program provides the best chance at saving lives in a crisis situation.”
A.L.I.C.E. is in response to new guidelines released in 2013 by Vice President Joe Biden for school safety. The guidelines incorporate lessons learned from recent incidents and include multiple options that go beyond the lockdown-only advice published in 2007.