We’d like to take a moment to communicate our ongoing efforts in regards to emergency preparedness:
Emergency Preparedness Plan:
Annually, the district continues to review and update our emergency preparedness plan which includes specific procedures for various issues including fire, tornado, suspicious packages, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and an active shooter. Every classroom is equipped with our Emergency Preparedness Procedures guide and an emergency supply kit. These items are incorporated into emergency drills that are practiced throughout the school year.
Secure Entry Points & Cameras:
All school buildings within the district are equipped with electronic door security, including a ring-in system. Upon arrival, visitors are required to provide their state-issued identification and wear a visitor badge when onsite. A significant number of security cameras are located in and outside of buildings.
Active Shooter Response Training:
During staff pre-service on August 22nd, the district hosted ALICE training for all employees. The training was led by our school resource officer, Deputy Sadler, and another deputy from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. This included a session with all staff, then breakout sessions in each building. Throughout the school year, the district will dedicate professional development time to reinforce these strategies through table-top drills, discussions, and a variety of other exercises.
ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, provides options on how to more proactively handle the threat of an active shooter or violent intruder. Compared to the traditional “lockdown only” approach, ALICE has become the preferred response because it’s option-based tactics increase survival chances and saves lives.