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Tewksbury High, Wynn Middle School Students Go Through ALICE Training

Jun 02, 2015 03:45PM ● By Bill Gilman

Alice Training for the Tewksbury Schools.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Public Schools.)

Students at Tewksbury Memorial High School and the Wynn Middle School have been shown by a Tewksbury Police Department officer the new “ALICE” safety protocols. 

Detective Andre Gonzales of the Tewksbury Police Department led students in an informational session concerning the new “ALICE” protocols. “ALICE” stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. 

The points of “ALICE” are not step-by-step instructions. The case-by-case situations will determine what students and staff will do in the event of an armed intruder who enters a school building. 

The ALICE protocols were developed after recent violent school events where there was loss of life of students and staff. Directly after the Columbine High School tragedy, protocols were developed instructing students to lockdown and wait. This safety method was deemed not sufficient in having many students survive violent events in schools. 

In addition to the training of students; teachers, staff and administrators have been trained on how to react in the event of an armed intruder who enters into a school building. Detective Gonzales has also led parent information sessions. Drills for students and staff to practice the “ALICE” safety protocols have been planed for this spring at the Wynn and at TMHS. 

Information and drills are planned for the Ryan and elementary students  later this spring and in the fall. The drills will have Tewksbury Police Department members playing the role of intruders with help from the Tewksbury Fire Department, the STARS team, and the Tewksbury Public Schools District Security Team. Superintendent John O’Connor has led the preparation of all concerned for this very important safety initiative. 

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