Preparing for a potential threat, the FNSB School District holds ALICE meetings

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is holding its second round of ALICE community meetings.

ALICE stands for 'Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate'.
It's an option- based program which expands on possible responses in the event of an active threat inside a school building.

According to Assistant Superintendent, Kate LaPlaunt, during these meetings, parents, students and staff can get all of their questions answered by leadership from local law enforcement and school district representatives. Depending on those in attendance, small groups based on grade level may also be formed for further brainstorming.

She adds that students will begin training, for about a month starting near November 15th. Parents can also expect a notice closer to the November date.

Elementary classes can expect to take 15 minutes of the school day for training on three lessons over the course of a few weeks. Counselors and principals will mostly like take the lead on training younger children. The book ‘I’m not scared, I’m prepared’ may also be used in this setting.
LaPlaunt said the goal of this training is to get comfortable with the idea of ALICE before conducting a school wide drill.

"They'll trying something's out in their classroom first, barricading the door, figuring out what they could use to distract and try to create a diversion, throwing something at an intruder, so all of these practices will lead up to maybe a school level practice,” she said.

Two of the ALICE Community meetings have already passed but if you would like to attend one of these events, the district is holding two more informational sessions.

There will be meetings on both Tuesday, October 30th at West Valley High School and on Thursday, November 1st at Ben Eielson Jr./Sr. High School.