Parent’s Resource: Talking with your Child about A.L.I.C.E.
Should I talk with my child about the A.L.I.C.E. training in advance?
That’s up to each individual parent. You know your child best. It’s important to be calm and keep any information very simple.
Should I talk with my child at home after the training?
Again, as a parent, you know your child best. For some children the most important thing is to listen carefully and remember to follow their teacher’s directions whether it’s during a drill or an actual emergency.
Some students may be interested in talking about what they would do in an emergency situation. Follow your child’s lead and keep the opportunities to talk open.
Our schools will be holding drills twice a year as usual, along with fire and tornado drills, so questions or concerns may come up later. Students are accustomed to various drills, so your child may see this discussion as something routine.
What if my child asks a question about this procedure and I don’t know how to answer it?
Your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, and dean are good resources. You can say that you’re not sure, but it’s a good question and you’ll help find an answer. You may encourage them to ask their teacher because other students may have the same question and ask them to be sure to share the answer with you.
What if my child expresses fears about their safety?
It’s important to remember that we talk about ways to stay safe so that we can be prepared if something happens. If your child is worried, your school psychologist or guidance counselor is an excellent resource.
Information credit to Centennial School District 12