After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, many school districts have reviewed their security and safety measures. In the continual effort to keep students and staff safe, Lake County Schools is collaborating with local law enforcement to implement the A.L.I.C.E. method, which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate
This summer all Lake County Schools staff were offered training in the updated procedures that incorporate the the principles of A.L.I.C.E. The district believes this approach empowers everyone to use his or her best judgment in each unique situation.
“Now after thoughtful preparation we are prepared to share the concepts in age-appropriate ways with our students.” said Jimmer Roy, the district’s Safety & Security Specialist.
According to Lake County Schools, this method is sometimes referred to as “Run, Hide, Fight,” whereby running out of the building may be the best option, but at other times, it’s safer to barricade and hide. Fighting an assailant or throwing objects to disorient and distract him is a last resort to be used only if there are no other options. The goal is to give students and staff the best opportunity for survival.
Safety drills will begin later this fall, and parents will be notified in advance. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, click here. To get the area's top stories in your inbox once a month, sign up for the free monthly issue of Mount Dora Buzz here.