The Ste. Genevieve County Community Services Forum this month learned about the ALICE training instructor course that will be hosted by the Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District in July.

ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.

“In the past, a lot of schools and colleges taught you to lock down your school, lock down your doors, go in your classroom, be a sitting duck, and wait for police to come,” Ste. Genevieve R-II school resource officer Christy Clark said during the May 13 meeting. “We are trying to have a more active approach.

“We have farm kids here who are really strong, we have wrestlers, we have teachers who used to be in the military, we have a lot of advantages on our side.”

She explained that generally when there is an active shooter, it is usually a single individual or two individuals.

“Look at how many people you have in the school against that one or two other people,” Clark said.

Clark shared that she participated in the ALICE training prior to being hired as the school resource officer and has trained Ste. Genevieve R-II staff on ALICE techniques.

“ALICE tells you if you have an intruder down in the elementary, then get the high school students out,” Clark said. “We teach them [teachers] how to barricade the doors with different ropes, tables, chairs, all that different stuff.”

Clark hopes, though, to have more individuals within the community trained.

According to the brochure provided by Clark, the two-day training instructor course is “designed to teach law enforcement as well as school, church, hospital and workplace administrators and employees skills and strategies that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives.”

Clark explained that the first day and a half is spent learning about what ALICE is and how to barricade/lock down, while the last half of the second day will include active drills.

“So basically what we did in my training is, they used an air soft gun,” Clark said. “We used classrooms at the school, and we would have people go in and act like you are students, and we would have an active shooter with an air soft gun. We would run through different scenarios of how to apply ALICE.”

According to Clark, if 15 people sign up for the class, the school will be allowed to have two extra seats in the course.

“Those two seats I would like to use for community members to help me put the training on,” Clark said.

Clark added that she hopes to teach students ALICE techniques as well.

“Next year we would like to train the students on ALICE, but tone it down,” Clark said. “Probably not use the air soft part, but teach them what they can do as far as an intruder coming in. That way everyone is on the same page.”

The training instructor course will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24 at the Ste. Genevieve R-II Performing Arts Center.

It is $595 per person.

Those interested can visit www.AliceTraining.com to register.

See more on the Community Services Forum meeting in the May 27 edition of the Herald.