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APS's A.L.I.C.E. Training
Posted 9/15/22

Dear SASM Families,

 

Later today, Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Scott Elder will unveil a district-produced video explaining a safety protocol known as ALICE. APS staff and students are trained in ALICE – which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate – to prepare them to respond to a dangerous intruder on campus.  

 

The video was created for older students at the request of APS high school students who wanted to know what to do if there was a violent attack at their school. It will be required viewing for middle and high school students and is available in English and Spanish.  

Our elementary school students may not be intellectually or emotionally mature enough to watch the video. However, you may choose to watch and discuss ALICE protocols with your child. Here are links to the videos:

● English version of the ALICE student video

● Spanish version of the ALICE student video

 

Instead of showing the video in school, APS is providing an age-appropriate book on the topic to all elementary schools. “I’m Not Scared…I’m Prepared” by Julia Cook is about a teacher at Ant Hill School who wants her students to be prepared for everything. The lesson uses the Sheep (students), the Shepherd (teacher), and the Wolf (an intruder) to teach what students would do if a “dangerous someone” entered their school.  

 

SASM classroom teachers will read this book to their class in the month of September.  Teachers will also continue to have discussions related to our ALICE protocol and we will do practice safety drills throughout the year.  You can preview the book's talking point. 

 

ALICE training takes place every school year. We practice fire drills, shelters-in-place, and an evacuation drill to an off-campus location. Your child may mention these drills, which is a good time to assure them that the training helps keep them safe, strong, and prepared.

Our greatest hope is that our students and staff never have to use the information we provide. Still, we are very aware of the dangers we face in public settings, and we have heard the requests from students, families, and staff who want to take a proactive approach to the unthinkable.

 

If there were an intruder at your child’s school, you would be notified through SchoolMessenger as soon as information is available. You will likely be directed to a reunification site instead of the school for safety reasons. We promise to do everything we can to keep your child safe, stay in touch, and reunite families as quickly as possible.  

 

As your principal, I strongly encourage you to talk with your students about our shared roles and responsibilities in keeping our schools and communities safe. Please remember, if you see something, say something.

 

Proud Principal of SASM

Mrs. Gallegos