Spring break for students in the Wadsworth School System will begin one day earlier than scheduled because Thursday has been set aside for all school personnel to attend safety training sessions.
According to an agenda supplied by Superintendent Dr. Dale Fortner, the sessions will be conducted in three of the buildings including Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth Middle School and Central Intermediate School.
Building principals in each of the buildings will open the sessions at 7:45 a.m. and ALICE training will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
According to a press release from the school system, the school board at its January session approved using March 28 as a safety training day. On that day, according to that release, the buildings will be closed to the public and students will not be allowed to enter the buildings.
Administrators had safety training earlier and will assist the Wadsworth safety forces during the training sessions, the release noted. The sessions will include "an overview and participation in several scenarios with multiple response options depending on the crisis."
In an email, Fortner said ALICE training will take place from 8-10 a.m. in the buildings. Two officers will conduct the training at the High School and one each at Central Intermediate and Middle Schools.
Three officers in the High School will then conduct tactical exercises from 10 a.m. to noon with the school personnel divided into three groups. At the Middle School, the personnel will be divided into two groups with an officer and an officer will be in charge of the exercises at Central.
Safety Director Matt Hiscock said Adam Innocenti and four other officers from the city's police department will be instructors at the Thursday safety sessions.
According to Hiscock, Innocenti is the police department's school liaison officer. Innocenti has taken the two-day instructor course for A.L.I.C.E taught by Gregory Crane, Hiscock noted. In addition, Innocenti has completed the 36-hour School Resource Officer Basic Training, Hiscock said.
The afternoon will be used for a walk-through and an evaluation at each of the individual school buildings. Wadsworth has five elementary buildings, Valley View, Overlook, Isham, Lincoln and Franklin in addition to the High, Middle and Intermediate buildings.