School Safety Training Video Unveiled – Albuquerque Public Schools

Job : September 14, 2022

School Safety Training Video Unveiled

At the request of high school students, the APS produced a video to prepare students to react to a dangerous intruder on campus.

The video goes over a security protocol called ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Safety training emphasizes an active response to a possible violent attack on campus, teaching students and staff to flee danger when possible.

“It hurts me to be at a point where we have to talk about protecting ourselves from the wrong people coming into our schools, but it would be irresponsible to stop having those difficult conversations,” Superintendent Scott Elder says in the introduction. of the video.

Middle and high school students will watch the ALICE video, available in English and Spanish, during their advisory classes. The video, which is about five minutes long, was produced by the district and features two of its police officers who often conduct trainings for teachers and staff.

“ALICE is proactive, which means doing something, not nothing,” APS Police Lt. Steven Marez says in the video. “Don’t lock yourself up, hide or wait. Don’t wait for permission to act. Ultimately, do whatever you have to do to keep yourself and others alive.”

For elementary school students who may not be intellectually or emotionally mature enough to watch the video, APS provides an age-appropriate book on the subject that can be read in school. “I’m Not Scared…I’m Prepared” by Julia Cook is about a teacher at Ant Hill School who wants her students to be prepared for anything. The lesson uses the sheep (students), the shepherd (teacher) and the wolf (an intruder) to teach what students would do if a “dangerous person” entered their school.

APS directors have sent links to the videos and the book to families who can choose to preview them.

Families were also reminded to keep their contact information up to date so they can be reached and reunited with their children in the event of an emergency at their child’s school.

ALICE training takes place every school year. Schools practice fire drills, shelter-in-place, and an evacuation drill to an off-campus location.

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