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Duluth School Board Approves Contract for ALICE Training

Taylor Holt
Updated: August 13, 2018 06:56 PM

The Duluth School District is one of the latest local districts to step up their emergency response. Last month, the school board approved a $75,000 contact for ALICE training for staff. 

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"We try to be as proactive as we can in terms of school safety," said Jeff Horton, Assistant Superintendent for the district.

The active shooter training stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate, and is used in several local districts including Hermantown and the Lake Superior School District.

"Alice training is very different, in that, the old way of doing things is we lock down and stay put and that is still within the ALICE model but there's a little bit more choice involved. If there's a situation where it makes more sense to run away, then let's run away," said Horton.

Horton says the training will be a combination of online modules and face to face training, which all school district staff will go through starting on their 'Back to School Day' later this month. 

"We want to make sure our staff are prepared to work with students through those types of conversations and trainings, but as part of the process, students will start seeing things that look and feel different,"Horton added.

They've also been looking at how other districts are implementing ALICE in developing their long term plan for it.

"We want to make sure we have a thoughtful approach to that implementation," said Horton.

Horton says the added training is just a piece of other things currently in place to make their schools safer.

"ALICE itself will be new but we've really had lockdown procedures for a very longtime so this will be kind of an update to that," said Horton.

In addition, the district is also applying for a federal grant with the Duluth Police Department and a state grant this year geared towards school safety.

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