The Mason City School District uses the A.L.I.C.E. program to help students and staff decide what to do if there is a violent intruder in the building.  It takes a more proactive approach to the situation instead of advocating students just remain in a lock down position waiting for help.

A.L.I.C.E. Training Focuses on Preventing School Violence

Since the 2010-2011 school year, and with cooperation from the Mason Police Department and the district's Safe and Inviting Schools Committee, all of Mason City School's educators and students in grades 7-12 have learned new ways to handle school violence.  In the past, the message was to lock down-turn out the lights, lock the door and hide under the desk.  That method alone has proven to not always be the most effective -- and in some cases has actually led to children being at higher risk.  The new, nationally recognized approach is called A.L.I.C.E, or Alert, Lockdown, Information, Counter and Evacuation.

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