ALICE: (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), the New Standard of Care, this procedure is used in response to an intruder/active shooter. Historically, government agencies have recommended a lockdown-only approach that includes students hiding under desks or against walls. Some of these techniques originated during the cold-war as a method of protection from a nuclear threat. As ridiculous as this now seems, it was accepted in the era. Today, government agencies including the US Department of Education have spent considerable resources researching active shooting events. Their findings have resulted in a change in guidance - a movement away from the cold war era techniques typically used in a lockdown-only approach. ALICE protocols are used almost exclusively in all new guidance.
ALICE is endorsed by law enforcement across the country and in line with recommendations from the: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); US Department of Education; along with many state agencies across the US.
The ALICE program was authored by a police officer to keep his wife, an elementary school principal, safe after the tragic events at Columbine. Since these humble beginnings, ALICE continues to be the leading active shooter response program in the US. ALICE training helps prepare individuals to handle the threat of an Active Shooter. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety. Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this new set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of disaster.
The Hot Springs School District 23-2 is currently adopting the ALICE procedures. Our district has provided ALICE training for all our school employees conducted a parent information night, school assemblies, and classroom training for students, along with local Emergency Management personnel meetings.
Rally points are specific areas in the community that students will assemble during a disaster. Guardians may pick students up at the specific Rally points. Postings of updated information will be made available through; Hot Springs website, school reach phone message, local media, and local radio station.
High School: American Legion. Address. 1045 Jennings Ave.
Middle School: United Churches. Address. 342 N. Garden Street.
Elementary: Grade Pre-K-1, District Bus Barn. Address 1912 University Ave.
Elementary: Grade 2-3-4-5, Calvary Baptist Church. Address. 1938 Canton Ave.
For further information on ALICE, please visit the ALICE website: alicetraining.com, or call the school.
Hot Springs School District Administration.