Altoona (WQOW)- The Altoona School District is also getting ready for school, but with crisis response scenario training.
“We’ve evolved from that traditional lockdown going into the corner, what we call a sitting duck situation,” said Altoona Middle School Principal Dan Peggs. “We’ve learned from Sandy Hook that’s not an effective way to run any sort of intruder drill. So, from there we were a get out, hide out school, which was fine but this takes that one step further.”
The program the Altoona School District is using now is called ALICE.
ALICE stands for alert, lock down, inform, counter and evacuate.
Peggs said the training is for staff only, and teaches the faculty how to barricade classrooms in case of an enhanced lock down, how to escape the barricaded room, dial into phone systems to give alerts of an intruder and how to swarm as a last resort.
They will be also be training students on what to do in case of an intruder, but it won’t be as extensive as the training with staff.