The Commonwealth of Massachusetts now mandates that all schools have safety measures in place that go beyond a traditional "Lockdown" approach to help ensure student safety in the event of a true and dire emergency.
Next Wednesday April 13th we are planning on introducing the ALICE safety protocols to our students at Maynard High School.
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. It is a way of thinking about school safety that is aligned with the latest information and analysis taken from tragic school intruder and shooting events across the country.
As students reach the 8th grade and beyond at Maynard High School they are capable of taking a much more active role in their own protection in the event of an armed intruder situation. This includes actively evacuating the building, barricading and fortifying the space they are in to keep intruders out of a space like a classroom and even countering an intruder attack in a worst case scenario.
This coming Wednesday students will be viewing a presentation that reviews what ALICE is, how the ALICE protocols were developed, and why the ALICE protocols work. Our staff members began their own ALICE training by viewing a similar presentation. It is similar to the presentation given before the Maynard School Committee earlier this year.
Later in the day evacuation scenarios and drills will be held.
This is the first in a series of student trainings that will be held over the next two school years.
The student training on Wednesday will move Maynard High School ahead in the area of school safety and there is no higher priority than the safety of the students and staff at Maynard High School.
Thank you for reading--
Principal of Maynard High School