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Marion City Schools' School Safety/Emergency Operations Plan lays out how the district would respond in an emergency or school safety situation. It closely aligns with our vision of creating a "safe, respectful and caring environment."
An emergency or school safety situation can be anything from a violent storm such as a tornado or a bus crash to an armed intruder. An important part of our communications plan is how we communicate to parents during a disaster or emergency situation.
Another vital part of our safety plan that we hope to never have to use is our planned response to an armed intruder.
The U.S. Department of Education suggests that schools should include how they would respond to an active shooter situation in their emergency operations plans. Guidelines include making sure staff know how to respond and what to tell their students. Knowing their optoins increase their chance of surviving.
The U.S. Department of Education, as well as other agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Ohio Attorney General's Office, now suggest lockdown should not be the only option. Other options include running, hiding or fighting. They make these suggestions after studying past school shootings.
Marion City Schools chooses to use school safety training from the ALICE Training Institute. ALICE is an acronym for ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER, EVACUATE. We train both staff and students about what options they have. All training for students is age-appropriate. No single response fits every situation, so it helps them to know their options.
We put a heavy emphasis on alert, urging students to remember our safety slogan "See Something, Say Something." We ask them to say something to law enforcement or a responsible adult.
ALERT: Inform law enforcement and others by giving as much information as possible.
LOCKDOWN: Staff and students should lock the classroom door and barricade in their area if it is not safe to exit.
INFORM: Continue to pass along information, including using the school announcement system.
COUNTER: As a last resort, use every effort to distract or stop the shooter.
EVACUATE: If it is safe to do so, leave the building and run.