Emergency Notification

MTA Families:

As you know, our district is committed to helping students be safe, well, and continue learning.  Planning for safety is a priority for all of us.  We appreciate your support in helping our school communities be safe, and we wanted you to know that there will be a staff training, not a real emergency, at the High School Thursday afternoon (10/18/2018).


Last year a series of events required personnel in some of our schools to activate crisis management plans to ensure that students and staff were safe.  Time was spent reflecting on safety practices and discussions led to an interest in learning about the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) approach, a model that other organizations (schools, banks, churches, etc.) have adopted as part of their safety plans.  Based on community interest, M.S.A.D. No. 75 made a commitment to explore ALICE to consider what the potential benefits could be.


To help us decide if we will adopt this approach, a group of staff from across the district will participate in an ALICE training at Mt. Ararat High School after school on Thursday, 10/18/2018.


What should you know about the ALICE Training?  ALICE is specifically designed for response to an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.  The training includes simulations of violent situations, situations that have unfortunately been a reality in other organizations.  The simulations include the firing of a starter pistol and air-soft guns.  Portions of the training can be very loud and chaotic.  Given the design of the training, signs will be posted at entry doors to alert people who enter the High School that ALICE Training is in progress and simulated acts of violence and shooting are part of the training.


Randy Cook of the Topsham Police Department, Mt. Ararat High School’s Resource Officer, will conduct the training with the support of other safety officers in our region.  Members of the community can expect to see a significant presence of safety officers at the High School on Thursday while the training is in progress.  Officers will ensure the safety of participants and make sure no one enters the training area. 

  
It’s regrettable that we need to consider such an event happening in any of our schools.  However, tragic events in our country have led us to continuously reflect on safety practices and explore training designed to prepare our staff.


Thanks again for your support.  Please be in touch if you have questions about the training.


Sincerely, 
~Dan

Daniel A. Chuhta
Interim Superintendent of Schools
M.S.A.D. No. 75
Bowdoin-Bowdoinham-Harpswell-Topsham
50 Republic Ave
Topsham, ME 04086
http://www.link75.org
Phone: (207) 729-9961

Notice: Safety Training at MTA Thrs 10/18 Afternoon

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