Over the last several months, the Reading Public Schools has been working with the Reading Police Department to implement an enhanced lockdown procedure called A.L.I.C.E., which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from a dangerous situation, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving. A copy of the presentation that was given to the parent community in October is located at:
As part of this implementation process, we will be conducting drills at the elementary, middle, and high school levels from January through March. The elementary and middle schools will be conducting their drills in January and February, and the high school in March. These drills will be developmentally appropriate and help prepare students in a way that is similar to drills that we currently conduct in our schools for fire evacuation, lockdown, and shelter in place. At the elementary level, each classroom teacher will speak with students about the new protocol. Elementary teachers have been provided with a script that is appropriate for their grade level. Drills at the elementary school will resemble the more traditional lockdown and fire evacuation drills. The “counter” strategies will not be presented as part of the elementary student drills. At the secondary level, the drills will consist of student presentation done in a grade level assembly followed by a school-wide simulated drill. The training and drills may be conducted on separate days and will include the participation of Reading Police and Fire personnel. In addition, students will have the opportunity to discuss their reactions to the presentation and drill in classrooms with their teachers. . Details surrounding the specific training and drill dates for your child’s school will be communicated by your building principal and you should feel free to communicate directly with your principal regarding any concerns that you have around how the drill may impact your child.
Please note that we will be having another community presentation on Monday, January 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Birch Meadow Elementary School Cafeteria. This presentation will be very similar to the presentation given in October. Members of the Reading Police Department and Reading Public Schools District Safety Committee will be present to answer and questions that parents may have about the process.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal.