Mason City Schools & City of Mason to Conduct Joint Active Assailant Drill on May 30

Mason City Schools & City of Mason to Conduct Joint Active Assailant Drill on May 30
Posted on 05/18/2017
AssailantThe Mason City School District and the City of Mason Police and Fire Departments will conduct an active assailant drill on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The drill will take place at Mason High School from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. The drill will help test and evaluate the emergency response capabilities of Mason Safety Services, along with the preparedness of Mason City Schools, during a violent incident. Residents and visitors can expect to see many emergency personnel, vehicles and equipment in and around the Mason High School campus while the drill is underway. 
  
Mason City Schools and the City of Mason have been strong, committed partners in safety for many years, and are taking this opportunity to evaluate all response procedures. City and school district officials have worked for months to coordinate drill details and participants. School district administrators and City of Mason first responders will act out the role they would naturally play if there was an an active assailant at MHS. Other volunteer participants will play the role of affected staff and students. The drill will have controllers and evaluators carefully watching each portion of the response, along with signs indicating that training is in progress.  

The Mason City School District uses the A.L.I.C.E. program (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) to help students and staff decide what to do if there is a violent intruder in the building.  A.L.I.C.E. empowers staff and students to take action,  instead of advocating students just remain in a lock down position waiting for help. Since the 2010-2011 school year, and with cooperation from the Mason Police Department and the district's Safe and Inviting Schools Committee, all of Mason City Schools' educators and students in grades 7-12 have taken A.L.I.C.E. training.  In the past, the message was to lock down - turn out the lights, lock the door and hide under the desk. That method alone has proven to not always be the most effective -- and in some cases has actually led to children being at higher risk.  The May 30 drill will give Mason City Schools staff the opportunity to practice A.L.I.C.E. readiness.
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