West Muskingum Local School District


November 7, 2011

Dear Parents,

The safety of the district’s students is our highest priority. The district has implemented a new program to help keep our students and staff safer in an intruder incident. The new program is called A. L. I. C. E. It stands for:
A-Alert, L-Lockdown, I-Inform, C-Counter and E-Evacuate. The staff and students will be trained to:

1. Report a strange activity.

2. Be aware of your surroundings.

3. Escape and/or evacuate.

4. Use whatever is at your disposal to stay safe.

Currently, schools use a simple lockdown drill keeping the students and staff locked in a classroom away from the doors and windows. A. L. I. C. E. training adds some options to the situation. One option is to barricade the classroom door making it harder for the intruder to enter. Another option is for evacuation if the intruder has gone to a different part of the building. The key is to be assertive during the time of an intruder.

Although the district hopes we never have to use this we honestly can’t say "it won’t happen here". It is important that staff and students are trained in the latest procedures for being safe if the district or schools are faced with an intruder. If you have any questions pertaining to the training or procedures, please contact Donn Steer 455-4291 or the school’s principal.


Donn Steer

Safety Director