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From Superintendent Ryan: School Safety & Security Training

From Superintendent Ryan: School Safety & Security Training

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

I wanted to talk with you today about the ALICE training that your son or daughter will be participating in as a part of our school safety plan.

ALICE is an acronym that stands for:

ALICE Acronym

The federally endorsed ALICE safety protocol empowers staff and students with proactive, options-based strategies, and it replaces the district's traditional lockdown procedures.

We have partnered with local law enforcement to train our entire staff (more than 1,000 employees) through hours of education and simulations. We will begin training our students during the week of March 11.

I want you to know that our School Safety Task Force has developed a student training plan that is age-appropriate and building specific.

  • At the preschool and elementary level, teacher-led conversations will be centered on situational awareness, evacuation routes, and how to exit the building.
  • Middle school, junior high, and high school students will hear a presentation that explains the ALICE protocols. As they move through the normal school day, each period will begin with a teacher-led conversation about evacuation routes, and available classroom resources for countering an intruder.

It is important that all of our students receive this vital training in order for us to adequately maintain a safe and secure learning environment.

Your principal will be in touch soon with more information about the plan at your school and some ideas for how to talk with your child about ALICE prior to our student training rollout.

In the meantime, we encourage you to read more about ALICE on our school safety & security web page, and reach out to your principal if you have any questions.


Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of more than 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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