PCCS 'ALICE' drill

 Front: Preston Keahey, Connor Smith, Londyn Weems, Jonam Leach, Owen Barry, Grady Garvin, Levi Yusten, and Bella Duncan. Middle: Gatlyn Keys, Malachi Huneycutt, Bella Alexander, Liya Townsend, Ryley Blankenship, Kennedy Sinkule, 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Gilmore. Back:  Constable Keith Stephens, Administrator Dr. Horan, and Vice Principal Bridgett Doddy

Poetry Community Christian School conducts regular safety drills, including school safety ALICE drills in cooperation with the Kaufman County Constable’s Office, Precinct 3. 

ALICE, an acronym standing for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, is an active shooter alternative response increasingly adopted by organizations such as churches, schools and businesses.  It differs from a typical lockdown in its comprehensive proactive response to threats in an active shooter event. 

PCCS requires staff and faculty to do ALICE training, informs using a classroom-wide phone system, as well as implementing recommended ALICE classroom procedures such as using steel floor locks, window and door blinds, deadbolts, pushing large items to obstruct doors, preparing teachers and students with countermeasures, dispersing students, and equipping each room with ALICE buckets containing items needed during a lockdown. 

For more information visit www.alicetraining.com

Constable Keith Stephens coordinates the ALICE drills with the school and notes that last year his deputies clocked the Poetry school’s ALICE response for a campus-wide complete lockdown at 10 seconds.  PCCS second grade students shown in the photo received accolades for the “Safest, Fastest, Quietest” class during ALICE drills. 

The school takes safety seriously and will continue with its “Safest, Fastest, Quietest” class awards during this year’s ALICE drills.

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