School District 2 Implements ALICE

Assistant Superintendent Scott Stults, left, and Superintendent Craig Dougherty at a School District 2 board meeting last month. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Assistant Superintendent Scott Stults, left, and Superintendent Craig Dougherty at a School District 2 board meeting last month. (Photo by Pat Blair)

As part of an effort to increase security at schools in Sheridan, Assistant Superintendent Scott Stults said Sheridan County School District 2 has moved from a “lockdown” approach in the face of a threat to a system called ALICE.

The word is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Stults explained how ALICE differs from the previous approach.

Stults said he believes that approach, allowing students and teachers more choices, enhances the safety of students. Stults said the district is also doing drills within the school rooms, allowing conversations about how to react to situations.

Referring to the ALICE acronym, Stults said the district's priority is to evacuate in the face of a threat.

He said if a threat is such that evacuation is impossible, the next response will be lockdown, but it will be a more aggressive lockdown.

District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said the new approach gives power to students as well as to the staff, by giving them reactive things to do instead of just sitting barricaded in a corner. He said instead of just passively waiting for something to happen, they can take control.

Dougherty said the district is always looking at the school buildings to not only provide the best learning facilities but also places where the students can be secure.

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Scott Stults. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Scott Stults. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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