Community Meeting on school safety Set for August 14

Saint Boniface School together with Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be hosting an important first community meeting to discuss plans to enhance safety procedures on their school campuses beginning with the start of the coming school year. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School Auditorium. Any and all interested community members are strongly encouraged to attend. There will be separate training and meetings for all school staff and students at the start of the coming school year. Other community meetings and informational meetings are planned, but dates are not yet set.

The B-C-S District, St. Boniface School, local law enforcement, first responders, and local churches have been working together to implement the A.L.I.C.E. program. A.L.I.C.E. stands for "Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate." The A.L.I.C.E. program enhances some of our current procedures for dealing with the awful possibility of an active shooter in one of our school buildings. Representatives from B-C-S and St. Boniface, along with local law enforcement officials, recently attended two days of training in the A.L.I.C.E. program through the Office of Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick. The training was sponsored by Materion Corporation. The A.L.I.C.E. program will provide students and staff with more options and strategies to increase survival and decrease casualties if they are faced with an active shooter on a school campus. 

The community meeting on August 14th will provide the audience with an overview of the A.L.I.C.E. program, along with a time for questions and answers. School and law enforcement officials encourage community members to attend because everyone should be "in the loop" about how we all need to pull together to keep our kids safe while at school, and what will happen if a school has to be evacuated. School officials together with local law enforcement have stated that they look forward to educating residents and interested community members about the details of the A.L.I.C.E. program, and how it may lead to saving the lives of our kids and staff members. 

For questions or more information about the meeting, please contact Guy Parmigian at 419-898-6210.

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