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NG to present ALICE safety training
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NEW GLARUS - The New Glarus School District, as part of a New Glarus Optimists Club meeting, will present a one-hour ALICE safety training from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

ALICE is described as a proactive approach to responding to a violent intruder in any location, including educational settings, by authorizing and empowering individuals to increase their chances of survival. ALICE stands for: Alert, Lockdown (hide/barricade), Inform, Counter (distractions/movements/make noise), Evacuate (run). This type of approach is endorsed by the United States Department of Education, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FEMA and the FBI.

This summer, New Glarus hosted training for school personnel and police officers from the Midwest, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Several New Glarus School District staff members as well as two New Glarus police officers were trained in ALICE as instructors, and they in turn trained all New Glarus School District staff during in-service. All students have also been trained at an age-appropriate level.

The training Wednesday will provide an overview of the ALICE program for Optimist members, parents and the community.