March 26, 2014

A.L.I.C.E. Initiative for Parents

Even though this is not a program for children I felt it was an important one to share with area parents. Tomorrow night, March 27 at 6:00 the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti 48197), Ann Arbor area parents and teachers can learn about the A.L.I.C.E. Initiative. The program provides active shooter training and awareness in the event of a school shooting.

It would be nice to think that "this will never happen" in fact it likely never will, but the scouter in me thinks it is important to "be prepared" too. Parents are encouraged to attend one of the free sessions.

The decision to provide active shooter training to all school personnel was precipitated by the Sandy Hook tragedy of 2012, other acts of school violence and school shootings across the nation. Local law enforcement professionals worked with WISD and Ann Arbor area school districts to select and implement a response method. The group adopted the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate or "A.L.I.C.E. program". Adopting this will provide tactical advantages to teachers and students to use in the event an intruder enters a school. To learn more, please attend the program tomorrow night at the Ypsilanti District Library.

For more information on the A.L.I.C.E. Initiative, contact Dr. Sarena Shivers at sshivers (at)

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