District starts ALICE Training to provide school safety

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 06/11 2014 03:36PM

Updated 06/11 2014 05:22PM

CHAMPAIGN -- The Unit 4 School District hopes a new program will help teachers and students in active shooter situations. The new ALICE Training focuses on responding to an armed intruder inside a school and instead of the traditional lockdown situation.

The training will give teachers tools to be proactive and get kids out of the building. ALICE stands for "Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate."

District leaders say you can't fully prepare for that type of a situation, but taking action will increase the chances of surviving. In the event something unthinkable happens, students and teachers will know what to do.

An active shooter situation will be recreated sometime this week giving staff members a crash course in school safety. Starting this fall, all schools in the district will start the ALICE Training. The way it's taught will vary based on grade levels.

Urbana school leaders are considering starting the same program.

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