DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) – Staff in two local school districts are preparing for the unthinkable–an active shooter inside of a school.
West De Pere and De Pere School Districts are taking part in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training.
Staff from both district received some training back in July, but now they’re focusing on different concepts of ALICE training.
Federal and state agencies have recognized the ALICE system as an effective method to respond to a gunman or active shooter situation.
The De Pere School District says it considers its neighbors in Green Bay to be ahead of the game with this training. Staff have watched and taken notes on Green Bay’s training over the past few years.
“We always prepare for fire and tornado, why not for an intruder? So there’s a high focus on the ALICE training nationwide, and we took advantage of it and we really feel it’s the important thing to do,” said John Zegers, Superintendent, West De Pere School District.
Between the two districts, 900 staff members will take part in this training.
There will be no classes in the De Pere School District Thursday, and no classes in West De Pere on Friday.