WADSWORTH: The school district officials set Thursday aside for all employees to undergo safety training from the city's police department.
The first session included an explanation of the safety program referred to as ALICE, an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
After the explanatory lesson, the next session illustrated a number of situations that may occur and how to confront those situations.
Superintendent Dr. Dale Fortner, in an e-mail, noted the program went "very, very well." Fortner said the "Tactical exercises were very realistic and well received by the staff."
According to Fortner, questions by the employees prompted excellent discussion. He explained, "I feel we are much better prepared today for a crisis than previously."
The Board of Education at its January meeting approved using Thursday for the safety sessions. All teaching, administrative, cafeteria, bus drivers and janitorial staff employees were in attendance at the all-day session.
In the afternoon session, the staff returned to their individual buildings to evaluate their particular building for the best way to put the program into action in case of a crisis.
Fortner thanked the police department for its leadership, reenactments, support and professionalism and the State Department of Education for authorizing using the day for safety training as well as the Board of Education for its approval.