Safer Schools

SCHOOL SAFETY concerns came to the forefront again Monday on two fronts, one local and one thousands of miles away.

St. John Central High School was placed on lockdown status after a man tried to break into the building during school hours. Meanwhile, a shooting episode played out in a Nevada middle school.

Those two incidents reinforce the premise that school districts must do all they can to safeguard their students and staff.

That is why we like what the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District has opted to do. The district has decided to participate in the nationally-renowned ALICE program.

ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is quickly becoming the new standard of care across the nation and is recommended by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

St. Clairsville staff members have already been brought up to speed with the ALICE program. St. C. Superintendent Walt Skaggs is also taking a proactive approach by teaming up with Lowe’s and Wheeling Hospital to provide some tools to help students stay safe.

Lowe’s is providing 130 large buckets with lids for every classroom in the district. In addition, they will help fill the buckets with tools such as a hammer, 4-feet of rope, duct tape and flashlight.

Wheeling Hospital, meanwhile, is helping fill the bucket with medical supplies such as Band-Aids, gauze, medical gloves and peroxide.

St. C. students will learn about ALICE in early November. An open house for parents detailing what the students are learning will take place soon, as well. Disseminating the ALICE information to students and parents will help get all those involved on the same page.

Time and time again, we are reminded schools are easy targets for senseless violence. St. Clairsville school officials are doing all they can to diminish that threat.