January 13, 2014
Dear Reading School Community:
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 both middle schools in the next few weeks. Coolidge Middle School will have its initial drill on Thursday, January 30th and Parker Middle School will have its initial drill on Monday, February 3rd. 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 middle school level, the drills will consist of student presentations done in grade level assemblies in the morning followed by a school-wide simulated drill in the afternoon. Students will then debrief the experience with staff in their homerooms. The training and drills will include the participation of Reading Police and Fire personnel.
Please feel free to communicate directly with your principal regarding any concerns that you have around how the drill may impact your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administrative Offices or your child’s building principal.
John F. Doherty, Ed.D. Doug Lyons Sarah Marchant
Superintendent of School Principal, Parker Principal, Coolidge