The safety and security of your children is our highest priority. As a district we are constantly updating and improving our safety and security procedures. The district has improved security throughout all buildings including locking all entrances, installing a buzzer system at all schools, requiring all staff and adults to wear ID’s, and increasing video surveillance capacities. We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency. Most are familiar with fire and tornado drills. Over the past two years all staff has received multiple training opportunities in responding to a violent intruder/active shooter emergency. A presentation for parents was held in January 2014 featuring local law enforcement and school personnel that described how the previous “run and hide” method could be improved utilizing aspects of the ALICE program. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. ALICE training is designed to provide comprehensive preparedness in the event of a violent (armed) intruder. The goal is to utilize infrastructure, technology, and human action to increase overall safety. Currently, more than 900 schools, businesses, universities, hospitals, and municipalities, have adopted ALICE procedures.
The Seymour Community School District is working closely with the Seymour and Black Creek Police, Fire, Public works, and EMS Departments and has developed detailed plans in the event of an emergency. They have all been instrumental and supportive of this new approach to school safety. In the month of May each school will be conducting an intruder drill after student training, in a developmentally appropriate way. Middle and high school students training may be evacuating the building while 4K through 5th graders will remain in their classrooms for discussion with their teachers. Please take time to discuss with your child the district’s active shooter response. You can learn more about the ALICE program at www.alicetraining.com.
If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.