For the 2nd straight year, the Passport Academy Charter School (PACS) hosted Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) active shooter instructor training. On December 18th and 19th, thirty-five students from local Pittsburgh school districts, staff from local police stations, and employees from companies around the Pittsburgh area attended the event at 933 Penn Avenue.
ALICE is an options-based training for active shooter situations and can be a valuable strategy for law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, places of worship, and ordinary citizens who want to learn these techniques.
These courses are not ‘shelter-in-place’ but rather designed to teach proactive option-based strategies to increase survivability in a violent critical incident. According to their website, ALICE looks to “lead the evolution in active shooter response tactics.”
PACS is a certified ALICE training organization, which means they have implemented the ALICE principles in their safety planning and have trained both students and staff. And the school employs two certified trainers in Principal Jeffrey “Bo” Jackson and Director of Safety Raymond Rall.
Mr. Rall said, “we believe it is important to educate our faculty and students in order to properly prepare them in case anything were to ever happen. ALICE provides our students and staff with options that could save their lives if an active shooter situation were ever to occur at or around our school."
“We hope to never have to use it,” added Principal Jackson, “but we take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
Passport Academy Charter School’s purpose is to offer high quality public education for students 17-21 years of age, without regard to race, color or ethnic origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation or any legally-protected classification. The school’s mission is to prepare college and career ready graduates to thrive in a diverse community through an engaging blended learning experience that supports individual students’ needs.
You can find more information or contact the school at https://pacs.k12.com/