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Marion City School District

ALICE Classroom Scripts

ALICE script elementary

This is an introduction of ALICE for elementary grade students. ALICE is an alert to dangerous situations in schools when an intruder may be inside the building. The following serves as a framework for introducing ALICE in simple, understandable and grade appropriate language for our student population. MCS is providing this script for all teachers to use as a common language when speaking to students on this important topic.


Class, we need to talk about something very important. It is something that may help keep you safe because I care about your safety. I want to talk to you about ALICE … you know, like Alice in Wonderland. The ALICE that I am talking with you about though has a different meaning.

ALICE is an “alert” for us in our school building. ALICE means to “alert” me or another trusted adult when you are concerned. Alert means to warn. When we practice a fire drill, we exit or leave the building because of a possible fire. Sometimes we practice an alert when there is a tornado. During bad weather we practice drills and alerts.

Today we would like to talk about another alert. This alert is an ALICE alert and is one to use when we have an “intruder” in the building. An “intruder” is a possible dangerous person.

Some actions we will take begin with listening very carefully to your teacher or another trusted adult. During an ALICE drill you may need to leave the building just like we do for fire drills. During an ALICE drill we may even have to stay in the room and be as quiet as possible.

Sometimes when it is safer to stay in our rooms we will take actions to protect ourselves. Sometimes we will hide from an intruder. Sometimes we will try and distract an intruder. To distract the intruder means to move their attention away from you. Some good ways to distract an intruder are to move large items into his or her path. Your teacher will be responsible for moving these items. We can also distract the intruder by throwing things at them. Items in classrooms such as books, tennis balls, small chairs are all great examples of items to throw. Remember boys and girls that ALICE is a serious topic and we want to be serious in how we act about the topic. Your safety is very important to me and I want to make sure that we do all that we can to learn and grow and continue to be safe. Do you have any questions?

ALICE script middle/high school

This is an introduction of ALICE for middle and high school students. ALICE is an alert to dangerous situations in schools when an intruder may be inside the building. The following serves as a framework for introducing ALICE in simple, understandable and grade appropriate language for our student population. MCS is providing this script for all teachers to use as common language when speaking to students on this important topic. Please read the below text to students.


The thought of a “hostile intruder” in our building is not a pleasant thought. But as schools today we sometimes have to discuss unpleasant ideas. Certainly in some situations you have maybe even thought about what you would do in a horrific event in our school. You may have even spoken with your friends, a parent or a teacher.

You need to know that MCS is committed to a “safe, respectful and caring environment.” You need to know that the best way to deal with a “hostile intruder” is to NOT deal with him or her at all! This is most effectively done through sharing information. Many of the sad tragedies we see on the news that have occurred in school were preceded by the sharing of some act or statement by the person who committed an act. For MCS to have a “safe, respectful and caring environment” we need our students to communicate with us as trusted adults. Basically, I want to encourage you that “if you see something, say something.”

In these moments, please know that you WILL be taken seriously if you overhear a strange conversation or if you see a concerning post or see an odd note. Please share that strange conversation with someone like a parent, teacher, SRO, cook, custodian or bus driver. Telling someone may save a life! You cannot hope the person was joking or that it’s none of your business. Because, if that person carries through with their statement it could mean an injured classmate, friend or mentor. Sharing information allows people to help. Sharing information can save lives.

However, if something were to happen, we want to give you options as we try and provide a “safe, respectful and caring environment.”

One way to provide options is to share that we will do “lockdowns” different for the rest of this year and moving forward. We will not sit in the corner as our only way of hiding. We will instead spread out, away from the door and stand on your feet with the door locked.

From now on we will use the procedure called ALICE. ALICE stands for “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.” Alert – Use clear language to share the information of an event. Lockdown – Doors are locked to provide time barrier and give students and teachers time to recognize the threat and decide how to react. Inform – If possible, keep teachers, students and police up to date on an armed intruder’s location inside the school. Counter – Apply skills to DISTRACT, CONFUSE and GAIN CONTROL. And Evacuate – leave the premises and get away from the danger as soon as possible.

Each of these actions require you as students to listen very carefully to your teacher or another trusted adult. During an ALICE drill you may need to leave the building like we do for fire drills. During an ALICE drill we may have to leave the building in a different way. During an ALICE drill we may even have to stay in the room as be as quiet as possible.

Sometimes, when it is safer to stay in our rooms we will take actions to protect ourselves. Sometimes we will hide from an intruder. Sometimes we will try and distract an intruder. To distract the intruder means to move their attention away from you. Some good ways to distract an intruder are to move large items into his or her path. Your teacher will be responsible for moving these items. We can also distract the intruder by throwing things at dangerous people. Items in classrooms such as books, tennis balls, small chairs are all great examples of items to throw. Remember boys and girls that ALICE is a serious topic and we want to be serious in how we act about the topic. Your safety is very important to me and I want to make sure that we do all that we can to learn and grow and continue to be safe. Do you have any questions?