All ASD schools, including Polaris, have comprehensive plans detailing action for an emergency on school grounds. ASD's current lockdown procedure has been expanded to include evacuation and means to distract or counter an intruder as a last resort. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) is a training methodology used nationwide. The Polaris staff has engaged in several training sessions and will begin familiarizing students with the updated emergency protocols. The purpose is to help staff and students make informed decisions in an emergency, empower the people in potential harms way with knowledge, and to consider multiple responses - similar to multiple fire escape routes.
Conversations about school violence are uncomfortable but staff, students, and parents must understand all the options our federal agencies recommend and be prepared to respond should an unlikely incident occur in our school. As we are a K-12 school, these discussions will look different and be sensitive to every developmental age. An informational meeting for parents was held on February 8th. If you were unable to attend, please review the attached information sheet. There is additional information and resources available on the ASD website.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our Crisis Plan Coordinator, Corey Aist or Principal Carol Bartholomew.
Corey Aist, Polaris Crisis Plan Coordinator
Carol Barthlomew, Polaris Principal