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Before they head back to class, Canfield teachers went through A.L.I.C.E. training on Monday.
A.L.I.C.E. is active shooter training that stands for Alert, Lock Down, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. The system helps teachers, staff and students respond beyond the classroom.
Trainers believe it’s no longer enough to lock doors, shut off the lights, gather in the furthest spot from the door and wait until police arrive. They said it’s important to get everyone out as safely as possible.
“For years and years people talked about accountability and liability. With active shooters, the goal is survivability and those other two things, during the incident, really aren’t in play as much as the survivability factor is and that’s what A.L.I.C.E. has been pushing, the survivability factor,” said A.L.I.C.E. trainer Joe Hendry.
A.L.I.C.E. response training was created in 2002.
“We want to take a proactive approach to putting responsibility of safety features not only in our staff’s hands but our student’s hands as well,” said Canfield Superintendent Alex Geordan.