Emergency Response

October 12, 2017

Dear Families,

The last few years, we have communicated with you about the ALICE emergency response principles, which were introduced to our District by Redmond Police Department. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The ALICE principles are strategies that might be useful in an emergency, and are not steps to be completed in any specific order of priority, nor are all steps required. We are including ALICE principles in our district emergency response procedures at the request of local law enforcement. The ALICE tools add options to the district’s existing lockdown responses. ALICE principles are not limited to schools and can be used by individuals in emergency situations in any location, such as movie theaters, malls, places of worship, stores, etc.

Our school staff has received training in the ALICE principles and completed a tabletop scenario exercise to learn how these principles might be used in our setting. In late October, we will begin incorporating the ALICE principles into our required lockdown drills. In preparation, our teachers will be discussing the ALICE strategies with their students, using age-appropriate vocabulary and information. In addition, at Keller, we will be conducting a series of listening drills. A listening drill can look like a little like “Simon Says,” with the goal in mind that first and foremost students need to listen and follow the direction of their teachers and to announcements made over the intercom.

613Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or refer to our school webpage [see link on the right side of this page] to view the PowerPoint teachers will be using with their students. Additional resources about the ALICE program can be found at www.alicetraining.com.


Sandy Dennehy


Helen Keller Elementary