All Clarkston Community Schools staff today engaged in active shooter response training facilitated by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office (OCSO). OCSO Deputies and SWAT team members collaborated with the district's School Safety Task Force to lead district employees through a simulated threat event. The exercise was conducted on all of the district's school campuses as part of the ALICE Training Institute's organizational certification process.
The ALICE protocol empowers staff and students with proactive, options-based strategies ("Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate") and increases survivability of a potential mass-casualty incident.
"We appreciate the support and partnership of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office," said Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Ryan. "Our local law enforcement shares our commitment to keeping our school community safe and secure. Though this is training we hope we never have to use, it's very empowering to know that we have trained in a real-life setting alongside true experts."
Ryan continued, "I am proud of the efforts of our School Safety Task Force in coordinating this important training for the district. This is a team of district administrators and building principals who were trained last summer by ALICE to facilitate today's exercises. They did an outstanding job making sure everything ran smoothly in our buildings today."
"The Sheriff's Office is grateful for its partnership with Clarkston Community Schools in this collaborative training to better equip their staff with the knowledge on how to better protect their students and colleagues," said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. "While we hope to never witness any tragedy in our community, hope is not a strategy we can rely on. With this training, the Clarkston community is prepared for any threat to its campuses."
Clarkston Community Schools began the ALICE certification process last spring with all-staff training from an ALICE instructor and an online training module. All employees also received life-saving, hands-on Stop the BleedⓇ trauma training from St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and all classrooms are being stocked with necessary first-aid supplies. Following today's simulation trainings, the district joins more than 4,200 ALICE-certified K-12 schools nationwide.
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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