Parent meetings are scheduled for two Newton schools, part of A.L.I.C.E. training.
A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Confront, and Evacuate, and all USD 373 Schools will begin implementing these drills soon. Those drills will include drilling students.
That training will include drills for a violent event within schools — an active shooter or active killer event.
Before the drills occur, each school will host meetings with parents to talk about the training — and it is possible school staff will have suggestions for how parents can talk to their children about the issue.
There will be a parent meeting for high school parents at 7 p.m. March 12 in the school auditorium. Northridge elementary will follow on the next day, 6:30 p.m. March 13 in the school gymnasium.
In the event of an intruder, staff and students will be alerted immediately — that warning could include a brief description of who it is coming and where they are.
Once that alert is sounded, teachers will have decisions to make — based on what entrance to the building is being used by the intruder.
Those options could include a lockdown and barricade — leading children into a bathroom, barricading the front door of the classroom and hiding. Countering is also considered an option. An evacuation is an option.