Each elementary building in the district will be practicing the different drills that students need to be aware of in case of an emergency. One drill that we will practice is the ALICE drill. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The homeroom teacher and I will discuss the importance of practicing this drill, along with fire drills and severe weather drills. We do this to help students not be scared of unexpected things that may happen during our school day, and to be smart and prepared about what to do if those situations arise.
We will discuss the one key way to know if there is an intruder in the building is that they will not be wearing a badge. All “safe” adults should be wearing badges throughout the day, even our visitors. Most important of all in our discussion is that students ALWAYS look and listen to their teacher. They do not need to remember anything about what to do, only to look and listen to their teacher. We will further discuss the students telling us there is an intruder in the building, and where their designated safe spot in the classroom would be. We will tell them where to exit the building if the teacher instructs them to do so, and the importance of remaining quiet so they know where to meet their teacher after exiting the building. We wanted to let you know all of this so you could have a conversation about our visit with your child and to give you a heads up about questions your child may bring to you.
Feel free to call or email your child’s classroom teacher or myself if you have any questions about this presentation.
Pleasant View Counselor