Alice in Wonderland performances May 4-6
Dep. Ryan Swartz and Det. Daryl Ford, of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, provided crisis planning training for Laker Schools staff April 12 in the afternoon. The staffers learned about ALICE, which stands for
Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. It is the current approach to crisis planning for most schools. It focuses on actively defending and evacuating spaces in a crisis situation, rather than sitting and waiting as older training programs endorsed. The presenters shared statistics, strategies, and videos related to school violence incidents and then dispersed Laker teachers and staff to the elementary and secondary buildings for active drill exercises. Following the training, employees returned to the auditorium for a time of questions and debriefing. Areas for improvement were noted and will be turned over to the district’s administrative team and Student Safety Committee (a school board group) for evaluation and future planning.
“There is nothing we can do that is more important than preparing to keep our students safe,” said Superintendent Brian Keim. “We’ve had a significant number of new employees join our teaching and support teams, so it was good to get everyone on the same page again and work through all of our protocol.”
The district is in the process of hiring a school security officer on a part-time basis for the remainder of this year, and the plan is to have the position become full time beginning next school year.
“With our board’s recent decision to hire a school safety officer, and our current bond proposal that includes multiple security enhancements, I think we’re doing all we can to create a safe and secure environment for Laker students,” Keim noted.