Diocesan Catholic schools enhance safety protocol


By Anne Marie Amacher

David Kopatich, police chief for the Eldridge Police Department, talks to teachers and staff in Davenport about ALICE. This safety program teaches what to do if an active shooter is in the schools. ALICE, or a similar program, will be required in all Catholic schools next school year.

“Safety for our students and faculty is a high priority,” says Lee Morrison, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Davenport. “We have had strong crisis plans in place.”
Following a shooting rampage at a Newtown, Conn., school last December, the Davenport Diocese is enhancing safety protocols in its Catholic schools by adopting a new crisis plan called “ALICE.” The acronym stands for “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.”
Faculty and staff at several diocesan schools have undergone ALICE training, typically offered by area law enforcement officials. Schools will be expected to implement ALICE, or another program approved by their local law enforcement agencies, during the 2013-14 academic year.

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