Weed High School ALICE Planning and Training

ALICE Training Steps

  • Staff complete online training
  • Staff discussion and planning during collaboration
  • Teachers introduce ALICE procedures to students
  • ALICE drill(s)
  • Staff and Weed PD participate in joint training and simulations

Important Information

  • Shelter in place
    • Announced via all call “shelter in place until an all clear is given…”
    • No one leaves classroom or school
    • Teaching and normal activity can continue
    • Wait for all clear via all call (not bells)
  • Lockdown
    • Series of bells or an alarm followed by announcement via all call “lockdown until an all clear is given…” + additional information
    • No one enters or leaves classroom or school
    • turn off lights, close blinds
    • move to the safest place in the room
    • Wait for all clear via all call (not bells)

Important Information

  • ALICE Intruder/Active Shooter
    • 5 Bells will also be rung if possible
    • Announced via the all call “there is an active shooter in the…”
    • Start with lockdown
    • Continue with ALICE using your best judgment and information at hand
    • Communicate (via all call or other means) if you have information

ALICE Intruder/Active Shooter

  • Communication is key - If you see something tell everyone via the all call if possible or any other means
    • Intruder name, description, location etc.
  • Be active and use your best judgment
    • If you feel like it is safe to evacuate, do so quickly
    • If not, barricade, use the safe areas of the room, prepare countermeasures
  • Communicate your plan with your students
    • “We are all going to run towards…”
    • “Pile up the desks against the door…”

ALICE Student Training

  • Monday, August 26th
    • During Advisory


  • Drills
    • Drill - Tuesday, August 27th (7th period at 10:20) lockdown, barricade, counter
    • Drill - Thursday, September 5 (8th period at 11:45) Evacuate, Run, Flee
    • Drill - Thursday, September 19 (Advisory) Decision based on information given
    • Drill - Thursday November 21 - Passing period drill between 6th and 7th Decision based on information
  • Students/families will know that the drill is happening beforehand
  • Roles and scenarios will be given to staff before the drill
  • We will have further drills and discussions throughout the school year

ALICE Safety Procedures


Active Shooter Response

Student Presentation


To have a common way of approaching a potentially life threatening situation by:

    • Working together
    • Being flexible depending on the situation
    • Using common sense


  • Beginning in elementary school there are typical drills that are practiced in preparation for an emergency situation

Typical Emergency Situations-Fire

  • Fire
    • Evacuate and go to primary areas (front of school, behind P4, over by district office)
    • Further evacuate to secondary areas (parking lot by football field, parking lot by Little League field, parking lot by skate rink)

Typical Emergency Situations-Intruder Alert

  • Shelter-in-place
    • Lock all classroom doors
    • No one may leave classrooms or the school until the shelter in place is lifted
  • Lockdown
    • Lock all classroom doors
    • Close shades
    • Turn off lights
    • Stay away from doors and windows
    • Stay off cell phones
    • No one may come into or out of classrooms or the school until the lockdown is lifted.

This situation is normally used if there is a potential threat that we’ve learned about from the police department and it is taken as a cautionary measure.

Other Emergency Situations

  • Shooter or other immediate danger

This is the situation we are going to talk about today. This is for situations where other options should be included besides just a lockdown of classrooms.


Research into past shootings show that taking action rather than being passive can be the best response in a dangerous shooting situation.

The Lesson from Virginia Tech

Room 210

No Class

Room 206

14 people




Room 204

19 people


Killed –2


Room 200

No Class


Room 211

19 people


Killed –12


Room 207

13 people


Killed – 5

Wounded – 6

Room 205

12 people


Killed – 0

Wounded --0

Go over the red numbers comparing how many were killed to wounded for each action/non-action. Ask students what the data seems to indicate.


22 vs. 7 Fatalities

Passive vs. Proactive

Columbine High School Story

  • At Columbine High School in 1999 students and staff hid from a gunman under tables in the library as in a regular lockdown. The library door was left open. The gunman came in and shot and killed many of the people in the library.

  • There was a door leading out of the back of the library. Instead of passively hiding, the people could have evacuated—left the building through the back door and run to safety.


  • Today’s goal is to get us thinking about courses of action that can be taken in any threatening or potentially fatal situation no matter where you are.

  • Other organizations including colleges, hospitals, and government agencies are also updating their emergency protocols to ones that are like the one we are adopting in our school district.

If students want to leave the room at any time and come to the office, please let them do so.


  • ALICE is an acronym that reminds us of key options in an emergency situation. It is not necessarily sequential because every situation is different.
  • Alert
  • Lockdown
  • Inform
  • Counter
  • Evacuate

Be flexible!


  • If you see or hear something that is dangerous tell people what is happening:

    • Tell those around you
    • Tell a staff person
    • Call 911

If 911 has already been called—do not add to the phone traffic. You will add to a gridlock of the phone system.


  • A good starting point while you get information about what is happening and where it is happening is to take shelter in a room
  • Keep doors locked
  • Turn off lights
  • Close shades
  • Keep away from doors and windows


  • Stay off your cell phone at all times unless you see or hear something that could help police.
  • Help your teacher use the all-call system to share information
  • Work with the people around you to come up with a plan for your situation
  • Be flexible when the situation changes


  • Disrupting a shooter’s train of thought can significantly change their intent and ability.
  • Counter measures are anything that is done to distract or disrupt a shooter.
  • Usually these measures are sounds, visual distractions, or physical distractions.


Possible actions to counter a threat:

  • Barricade the door in a room
  • Take cover and conceal yourself
  • Throw items at the intruder
  • Swarm the intruder with a group of others to stop him/her
  • Remove and secure the weapon

These are actions that you will see in the video we will watch in a few minutes.

Counter—What Statistics Say

  • Police miss 70 – 80% of their shots in dynamic events
  • The intruder is not usually a highly skilled shooter so they are more likely to miss a shot
  • Engaging in distractions makes it harder for a shooter and more likely for them to miss
    • Noise
    • Movement
    • Distance
    • Distractions

What do these statistics tell you? (If you are making distractions or moving you are less of a target)


  • Only 2% of violent intruder events have been by more than one person, so it is very likely that there will only be one intruder
  • Get away from the intruder if possible
  • If he/she is inside, you get outside
  • Do not use a car to evacuate
  • Meet up at the secondary evacuation points (rally points)
            • Weed Elementary School
            • Church parking lots
            • Entrance to Sons Baseball field parking lot

Why shouldn’t you use a car? (Likelihood of hitting an evacuating student and it takes longer) Where are the secondary evacuation points?

High School Video

  • There is a movement in the schools and other organizations to use the ALICE model of dealing with an active shooter/emergency situation because a proactive response has been shown to save lives.
  • We are going to watch a student made video that models some of the actions we just talked about. This is not a real situation, however be aware that some people may find the video disturbing to watch.


Assure students that if they need to leave at any time they can. Also let them know that in one part of the video a student is “shot” by the intruder. Warn them when you get close to that part of the video.

Video Review

  • What are the first signs of alert that are given in the incident? What type of information is given?

  • What are other ways that you may be alerted?
  • If you are able to evacuate should you do so?

When there is a shooter the first choice should be to evacuate if possible.

  • When is the only time that you should use your cell phone?

  • How can you barricade a room for best results?

  • What kind of items in a classroom can be used to counter an intruder and protect yourself?

  • What should you do if you are able to get the weapon away from the intruder?

  • What should you remember to do if you are evacuating and running out of the school?


  • From the classroom you are in right now, what would you do if you heard that:

  • There is a shooter in the gym area?
  • There is a shooter somewhere in the main hallway?
  • There is a shooter in the annex?
  • There is a shooter in the woodshop area?

Your turn

  • If you were to explain to a community member what ALICE is, what it means, and why it matters what would you say?
WHS ALICE Planning and Student Training - Google Slides