CLARKSVILLE – “Providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff is the first item on the list in my job description,” according to Clinton-Massie Superintendent Matt Baker.
As just one part of many safety measures implemented at the school district, the staff recently participated in A.L.I.C.E. training provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office during their recent professional development day.
A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Escape. The safety program trains employees at businesses, organizations, and schools to prepare and respond to an active shooter.
Lt. Kassinos and Sgt. Scott Stanfill are certified A.L.I.C.E. instructors with the CCSO and provided the training to the teachers and administrators at Clinton-Massie.
This is the second time in three years the training has been implemented at the school district as a refresher opportunity for those who were previously trained and to train new staff and administrators who have joined the school district.
Teachers and administrators learned how to best protect and provide for the safety of students while conducting a lockdown or evacuation in case of an active shooter.
Kassinos and Stanfill explained various situations that staff may encounter during one of these events including how to secure their classrooms and areas, how to evacuate, and ways to manage various age levels of students in highly stressful, dangerous situations that would possibly occur if an active shooter was present at the school.
The A.L.I.C.E. training is part of an on-going, comprehensive effort to improve school safety at Clinton-Massie which includes guidance from a safety advisory team.
The Clinton-Massie Safety Advisory Team includes representatives from the school, community, CCSO, Clinton County EMA, and the Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District. Many safety items and procedures have been reviewed, revised, updated, and implemented as a result of recommendations from the safety advisory team.