Lake Washington High School is dedicated to the education, safety and physical and mental well-being of all our students and have a few upcoming events to make you aware of. Our hope is that the conversations about school culture and safety we are hosting are continuing at home and that your students are sharing their learning and their feelings with you regarding this critical topic.
Throughout the last few years, we have communicated with you about the ALICE emergency response principles, which were introduced to our District by the Kirkland and Redmond Police Departments in 2015. 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 emergency 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 multiple training's in the ALICE principles and completed a tabletop scenario exercises to learn how these principles might be used in our school setting. On April 9th, LWHS students viewed a video broadcast reminding them of the ALICE principles and how to incorporate them into our required lock-down drills. During the month of April, we will also be facilitating an interactive ALICE drill. This will be a narrated event where students will listen and follow the direction of their teachers and to announcements made over the intercom. From this information shared students will discuss and determine which ALICE principles to implement. Following the simulation, students will return to classes for a reflection debrief with their teachers.
Additionally, on Friday April 20th there will be a military funeral at an adjacent cemetery. This will involve a salute of gun fire at approximately 11:10AM. Please do not be alarmed if you and/or your student(s) hear this event.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or refer to our district web page for further Safety and ALICE information. Additional resources about the ALICE program can be found at www.alicetraining.com.