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New Lockdown Procedure (A.L.I.C.E.)

Pleasants County Schools has adopted a new strategy for lockdown procedure known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.  Prior to the A.L.I.C.E. plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking their doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until an “all clear” announcement was given.  The A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy in light of school violence.  The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.


The A.L.I.C.E. plan will be implemented in all Pleasants County Schools in phases.  A panel of the Pleasants County Safety Committee, including: principals, teachers, community members and law enforcement will provide input into how these concepts will be communicated to the students.  Teachers will provide direction to the students on what action needs to be taken, so it is very important that students listen and follow the directions given, as drills will not be predicable like a fire drill.  Before the first drill will be performed, the individual classroom teachers will use a common set of guidelines to address this topic and teach their class the A.L.I.C.E. plan.


The drills will be performed and include an ALERT in the form of an announcement from the principal notifying everyone in the building of the location of the “danger zone”.  Those areas of the building within the “danger zone” will practice LOCKDOWN and discuss alternate exits from the classroom, such as a windows.  The principal will continue to INFORM the building of any changes in the “danger zone”.  The COUNTER portion of the plan will be introduced in a subsequent phase later.  Those classrooms not in the “danger zone” will practice the EVACUATE portion of the plan if hallways and exits are safe.  Teachers will not know the location of the “danger zone” prior to drills so that they can practice developing a strategy that provides the safest outcome for their students. Therefore, it is very important for the students to listen to the directions given by their teacher as the course of action during these drills will not always be the same.


Younger students need constant reminders of safe practices in order for them make good decisions related their personal safety.  Parents can prepare their child(ren) for the A.L.I.C.E. plan by helping them understand the following objectives at home.

  • There are people, of all ages, color, and types that can be mean and may wish them harm.

  • Self-confidence comes from trying things that are hard and getting better each time.

  • There are many solutions and options when faced with a problem.

  • When your child is prepared for difficult situations, they can make informed decisions and will have more self-control.

  • Your child is smart and capable if they have the knowledge.


  • Help your child identify and assess possible crisis situations.

  • Have your child demonstrate the ability to get away from someone who has their hands on them.

  • Have your child explain the different safety drills and what they mean.

  • Help your child name where they need to go in case of evacuation. (different for each classroom)

  • Discuss the importance of following the teacher’s directions without hesitation.


Information regarding the A.L.I.C.E. plan can be found on the Pleasants County School website (  Please contact the principal at your child’s school with any questions or concerns.





Michael Wells, Ed.S.


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