ALICE now being taught at Albemarle County Schools
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- For the past 23 years, ALICE has trained and empowered teachers, community members, and individuals on how to respond to a violent event.
The civilian active shooter response training program is now being taught to Albemarle County teachers and administrators so that they can be prepared and know how to save lives if a shooter were to come to their classrooms.
Tuesday was the last day for the ALICE training program at Albemarle High School, with instructors trying to empower teachers, workplaces, individuals, and schools on how to keep people safe during an act of violence.
ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, is a program that is just now being implemented in schools across the county. Its mission is to help ensure the safety of students in the event of a school shooting.
The goal of this program is to change the old mindset on how to keep people safe by implementing a new way of thinking and strategy.
"The mindset has been lockdown, where you're going to shelter in place, where you're going to lock the doors and everybody's going to stay there,” said David Foreman, the assistant principal at Stone Robinson Elementary School.
"Lockdown had kind of been what every school has been doing for years. This gives you the opportunity to evacuate students. It's something new, it's something that we're learning,” the assistant principal at Monticello High School, Wendell Green said.
"What's the best way and the best situation to protect the most number of people? And that's what ALICE does," added Foreman. "It really opens up possibilities and gives you options as opposed to, we're just going to lock the doors and we're going to sit here."
ALICE gives teachers and faculty empowerment to know how to deal with dangerous situations. A school safety coordinator, former teacher and police officer says that this training encourages schools to work alongside law enforcement.
"I think when you put law enforcement and teachers and administrators working together, I think it's a great partnership. Teamwork makes the dream work, but it takes us working together. And I think in the county, that's what we’re trying to do. I think that relationship has always been there,” said school safety coordinator, Carl Murray.
According to Murray, this is just the beginning of school safety.
"This will help, but we need to do more. We need to do a lot more. It takes time. But I think we're going in the right place, moving in the right direction. Moving forward,” Murray said.
Roughly 32 schools were represented at Albemarle High School and officials are hoping to take the training that they've learned into all Albemarle County Schools starting in August. That's roughly 2,600 staff, faculty, teachers, custodians, school bus drivers and more, who are now learning how to keep themselves, their schools and their students safe in case of an emergency.