The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

March 7, 2013

Conneaut parents will get first look at school district's defense plan

CONNEAUT — Parents and guardians in Conneaut will be introduced this month to the Conneaut Area City Schools’ plan to deal with an armed intruder, officials said.

Beginning March 21, training in the ALICE (short for alert-lockdown-inform-counter-evacuate) program the district adopted nearly two years ago will be held at each of the district’s four schools. Each session starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the buildings’ cafeterias.

Here’s the schedule:

• March 21 — Conneaut Middle School

• March 25 — Gateway Elementary School

• March 26 — Lakeshore Primary School

• March 27 — Conneaut High School

ALICE is a joint effort of the district and city safety forces. School personnel, police officers and firefighters comprise the ALICE training team. School staff have already been coached and now parents will be offered a condensed version, said Superintendent Kent Houston.

Training for students will be held later this school year, officials have said.

The parent sessions should run about 45 minutes and feature appearances by the ALICE team, Houston said. “It’s more of a parental-level introduction,” he said Wednesday.

During the event, officials will tell parents their roles during an intruder incident also dispel rumors about the ALICE philosophy. The biggest fib is ALICE encourages students to confront — even attack — a gunman with their bare hands, Houston said.

“That’s blatantly false,” he said.

Instead, the ALICE method emphasizes getting out of a building and running to a designated safe spot when possible, Houston said. If escape isn’t possible, students and staff can choose other options, he said.

A notice to parents about the training spells out the program in greater detail:

“This procedure is based on person choice,” according to the notice. “It is this choice that could be the greatest factor in surviving an active shooter situation.”

Conneaut was an early adoptee of the ALICE program in northeast Ohio. Parents versed in the program are pleased its in place, Houston said.

“They’re happy we’ve been proactive,” he said.

Houston is expecting a good crowd for each of the training sessions. “We hope the safety of their students will be a priority of parents,” he said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
Good Friday Cross Walks and Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Comes Alive
Ashtabula Spring Cleaning
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
Saturday Fun in Ashtabula County March 22, 2014
American Red Cross Ashtabula County Heroes Breakfast
Rotary Club Dodge Ball Tournament
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
End of year weather extremes
Christmas 2013
Harpersfield Barn Fire
Route 11 Rescue Plymouth Township
Ashtabula Fire
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday