Dear Crisafulli Families,
During the next two weeks, our students will be learning about and reviewing the district’s safety protocol- “A.L.I.C.E.”- that deals with the unlikely event of an intruder in our school. A.L.I.C.E. stands for ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER, EVACUATE. Over the past four years, all WPS staff members have been trained in the implementation of the A.L.I.C.E. protocols, and the drill has taken place across grades K-12.
Nationally we have witnessed too many senseless school tragedies. The Westford Public Schools District Safety Team has been trained by Massachusetts State Officials, and it has done a remarkable job training not only school personnel, but also town of Westford employees. Our safety procedures have been agreed upon and supported by the Chief of Police, the Town Manager, and the Superintendent of Schools.
On the afternoon of Friday, October 27, 2017, teachers and students at the Crisafulli School will practice two developmentally appropriate drills in their classrooms with additional staff members. In the the event of an actual emergency, staff will determine the appropriate protocol to use based upon their location and the location of the threat.
In order to prepare our students for this drill, children will read and discuss the book, I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared by Julia Cook, with their teacher. This book provides an overview of the drills, stresses the importance of school safety, and will help to strengthen the trust between students and adults in the event of a school emergency.
For more information on A.L.I.C.E., please find a copy of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) by clicking here.
Should you have any specific questions regarding the A.L.I.C.E. safety protocol, please contact the main office.
Sharon Kennelly Scott Middlemiss
Principal Assistant Principal