School Security: Staff Train for How to Respond to Active Shooters

StaffTrainIf confronted with the terrifying scenario of an active shooter, many schools across the country go into one mode: lockdown. Leaders at Powell Schools in Wyoming don’t want that to be the case for them.

“A lockdown is no longer a viable option,” says Jay Curtis, superintendent of Park County School District No. 1. “The research is showing us it’s an ineffective tool when it comes to an active shooter.”

To better prepare Powell Schools, principals and other administrators recently took part in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training. While lockdown is a portion of ALICE training, it also teaches evacuating and counter measures, such as distracting or swarming the shooter.

Learn more about the training at Powell Schools here.