Rapid City Area Schools to learn more methods for dealing with danger

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ALICE Training is coming to Rapid City Area Schools soon, and an informational meeting was held at Rapid City Central High School Thursday.

ALICE, which means “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate,” is an options-based survival training program for people in a developing “active killer” situation.

Previously, students and staff were only instructed to go into a state of lockdown during such an event, but the new program will teach age-appropriate evaluation and decision-making skills, which will provide more options to react to a dangerous situation.

School officials and local law enforcement were on hand to explain the training program and answer parents’ questions.

“We learn from the events that happen across the nation,” said Katy Urban, community relations manager for the Rapid City Area Schools. “When there are tragic events, we learn more and more about what best practice looks like, and ALICE Training is among the best.

“We want to make sure that we are keeping with best practices and that we are doing everything we can to keep our kids safe,” she continued.

Some South Dakota schools already utilize ALICE, including schools in Meade and Lawrence counties.

Two more community information meetings about the ALICE training program are planned for 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 – one at Rapid City High School, and one at Rapid City Stevens High School – both in their respective theaters. Meetings will be streamed live on the RCAS Facebook page.

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