Dear Oak Grove Families,
As part of our emergency safety and preparedness procedures, your child will be participating in monthly egress (evacuation/fire) and lockdown drills. All schools in Windham Southeast Supervisory Union are implementing enhancements to our current safety protocol known as a “lockdown.” All WSESU administrators were trained in the enhanced procedure known as A.L.I.C.E. which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
What does this mean for your child at Oak Grove? Each lockdown drill is announced over the PA system using a calm voice to activate a response to a potential threat within the building. Teachers are asked to close their locked doors and windows, turn off their lights, and instruct students to move quietly to a safe place out of sight. After a brief walk through of the building, a second announcement is made to end the drill. Teachers prepare students ahead of time with what a lockdown drill may look like in their classroom.
Over the next few weeks, I will be having conversations with individual classrooms using scenarios to consider response options and reading I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared published by A.L.I.C.E.
As a supervisory union we fervently hope that this protocol will never be used in our schools, but we do feel that it is important to recognize and prepare for the possibility. The safety of our students and staff is an important consideration and we’re confident that implementing this protocol is a measured and appropriate response. Please feel free to contact me at 802-254-3740 with any questions you have regarding our safety drills and/or specific questions about the ALICE program and our trainings.