Community Invited to Learn More About District's "Options-Based" Incident Response Plan

Community Invited to Learn More About District's "Options-Based" Incident Response Plan
Posted on 11/02/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Community Invited to Learn More About District's "Options-Based" Incident Response PlanVASD believes that proactive relationship building and prevention efforts are key to reducing and preventing school violence. But, we also recognize it is appropriate to prepare for critical incidents.

Last May, the Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education approved a new options-based approach to responding to violent critical incidents. We believe this approach will empower staff and students to make decisions they feel are necessary and appropriate to increase their survival chances if faced with a violent intruder.

Families and the community were invited to take part in an informational opportunity shared by school officials and law enforcement to learn more about this options-based model which borrows from the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) model.
•Nov. 14: Stoner Prairie Elementary Step Room, 5830 Devoro Rd., Fitchburg - 6:15pm to 7:30pm
•Nov. 15: Badger Ridge Middle School Step Room, 740 N. Main St., Verona - 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Information shared critical incident response options which include evacuation, barricading points of entry, distraction (throwing items / making loud noises etc.) as well as sheltering in place. Staff and students will be trained to make a choice on which response(s) to use based on the particulars of their environment and the proximity of the threat. For example, if there is an active shooter at the opposite end of the school from a classroom of students, it makes perfect sense for students and staff in that classroom to evacuate out of the building. If on the other hand, the threat is right outside the door to their classroom, the options of barricading the door, distract the threat, or shelter in place may (all) be appropriate.

We understand that no single response model fits all active threat situations, but making sure each individual knows their options for response and knows they have the authority and ability to act decisively will help improve survival chances until help arrives.

It’s important to understand that age-appropriate student training on this new model has begun taking place and will continue in the months to follow. Click here to see the district’s annual safety plan as this training will be incorporated into required fire, evacuation, and safety drills.

We understand that for some of our students, the act of training may produce anxiety. We will work with students and families to reduce anxiety while still providing a measure of training so that all children have a level of preparation. We understand you may have questions or concerns about the training your child will be receiving and we invite you to COME LEARN MORE at one of the two sessions dates offered above. Also, you can always speak with the student services staff in your child’s school for more information.

We also understand this is a difficult topic for many family members to imagine...let alone make plans for. Our goal is to empower staff and students to make decisions based on their situation in the moment thus reducing injuries. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our students and staff safe and we hope to see you at one of our community informational sessions.
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