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Sylvania Schools will have ALICE drills this year

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A forum about ALICE held last year. A forum about ALICE held last year.
SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Students at Sylvania Schools will be going through new drills during their first week of school this year.

Students and staff can expect fire and tornado drills, but also an ALICE drill. The district implemented the ALICE program over a year ago.

ALICE is a safety program that trains school staff and students for active-shooter scenarios. It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

Everyone in the district has been trained, including teachers, students, food service workers, bus driver, and janitors. Staff was given a refresher presentation on Tuesday.

The drill will be a change from the fire and tornado drills many are used to, but it's something that will become part of the norm.

"It is something that we have to attend to," said Assistant Superintendent Scott Nelson. "If we didn't, we wouldn't be doing our jobs. Our main focus is to make sure all of our students and staff are safe so that we have a positive learning environment, and it's unfortunate that we have to learn about this type of thing."

Monthly meetings will continue to be held throughout the school year with district leaders, staff and parents to update protocol and keep everyone on the same page.

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