New school safety program has some Craven County parents concerned – WITN

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) October is school safety month and a school system in the east is moving forward with a training program designed to take the traditional school lockdown method a few steps further, but it has some parents concerned.

The new system is called ALICE, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter or countermeasures and evacuate.

Craven County Schools Safety and Security Director Nick Lucas says, “Those aren’t necessarily sequential steps that you have to follow they are just different options.”

ALICE has teachers and staff go through detailed training so they would know how to respond if the unimaginable happens.

Counselor Roxann Wheeler says, “We participated as if we were students in the classroom and how they would respond, so once we went through the process, we realized how effective these strategies could be and they are actually life saving skills.”

Luca says, “And we want to expand that training so the students aren’t necessarily getting trained but so they understand the procedure that the teachers will be leading them through.”

Including students in ALICE has drawn criticism from parents, but school counselors say it’s important and say everything is done at an age appropriate level.

Wheeler says, ” We prepare children at home for fire drills and where to meet. This is no different. They need to understand that they do have control and power over keeping themselves safe.”

Craven County Schools is hosting a parent information meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the board of education. Officials say the goal of the meeting is to further explain ALICE and the training programs associated with that, that will involve students.

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