As part of its continuing efforts to ensure safe campuses and learning environments, Mobile County Public Schools is instituting a new training program for lockdowns and violent intruder situations.
With the approval of the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners last month, MCPSS will be working with the ALICE Training Institute to train its personnel in more proactive lockdown procedures and survival strategies in violent intruder situations. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and is designed to offer survival-enhancing options to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.
The ALICE training program is in line with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is currently in use by over 4,000 K-12 schools and nearly 1,000 postsecondary institutions around the country.
“The ALICE program is one step that MCPSS is taking to ensure that we provide the most up-to-date and relevant training for our students and staff in an effort to remain proactive in dealing with potential threats,” said MCPSS Director of Security Andy Gatewood. “These strategies have been proven to be effective.”
While this training is timely after the incident last month in Parkland, Fla., this project has been in the works since last summer, when MCPSS resource officers underwent ALICE training. In November, MCPSS secured federal Title IV funds in order to train certain personnel at each of its 88 schools as certified ALICE trainers, who will then share the program with their rest of their faculties.
This training will begin in June, with plans for the program to be implemented in MCPSS schools for the 2018-19 school year.