East Allen County Schools Hope To Change Standard Lock Down Procedure (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (21Alive) -- Instead of the standard lock down procedure where students turn off the lights and put their heads down, the East Allen County School District is proposing a new way for their schools to handle emergency situations.

The Superintendent and Safety Manager of the district explained the new "ALICE" procedure, an acronym that stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and then the big change, evacuate.

"If an armed intruder were to get into that room, we'd want them to have the empowerment to do something different. So the "ALICE" protocol allows, empowers them, to make decisions to barricade the door, get out the windows, or whatever might work in that situation," said Safety Manager, Jeff Studebaker.

School officials say it will cost about $12,000 to train staff members on this new procedure.

After the teachers are trained, students would begin practicing hypothetical scenarios within the classroom.

Superintendent Folks will formally recommend "ALICE" at the next scheduled meeting. If approved, it will become effective in the 2014-2015 school year.

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