ALICE Training in Agawam Schools

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Parkland School shooting in Florida. On Valentine’s Day 2018, a former student shot and killed 17 people: 14 students and three staff members. Like other mass school shootings, the tragedy in Parkland prompted discussions about security and education. One of the many security measures taken by local schools is ALICE Training. This active shooter response technique breaks with the former model of locking down a school during a threat. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.  Agawam Public Schools implemented ALICE training over a year ago, and recently held an informational session for parents. Agawam School Superintendent Steve Lemanski and Safety Supervisor John Nettis joined Carolee McGrath to share what lessons they’ve learned from the training.