Cape schools enacting new emergency response

The school district is learning a new emergency response plan that trains staff and students to be more proactive when facing potential threats such as armed intruders.

The plan, known as ALICE, is an acronym for “alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate,” and instructs individuals to take action when a threat is posed, rather than taking a passive approach as previously practiced in lockdown drills.

School staff already have an application downloaded on their phones and computers called Share911 which allows them to quickly communicate with one another about what is going on and which students are in their care during emergencies.