Safety training takes place throughout district, resource officer visits classrooms

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Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:38 AM
Safety training takes place throughout district, resource officer visits classrooms by General McLane School District
General McLane School Resource Officer Jose Montes teaches safety to Edinboro Elementary students. | Contributed Photo

Safety continues to be at the forefront of activities throughout the General McLane School District, and last week, General McLane School Resource Officer Jose Montes continued safety training at Edinboro Elementary School.

Montes showed students a safety video on the “It’s Time to Be Safe” protocol, which demonstrates three things students will be expected to do. The video was created by General McLane High School teacher Tyler Stuyvesant and high school students Ben Kalmey and Anthony Kanj.

Montes kicked off the school year with a series of safety training sessions throughout the district. He first performed safety training for new staff (and a refresher for returning staff) at General McLane High School. The session consisted of instructor-led ALICE training, option-based response scenarios and a tutorial on NaviGate.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. General McLane has eight certified-ALICE instructors within the district: Montes, superintendent Richard Scaletta, and principals Daniel Mennow, Pamela Mackowski, Jason Buto, Justin Whitford, Michael Getz and Randy White.
NaviGate Prepared is a safety program that digitizes General McLane’s emergency response plans and allows district staff to have access to them through an app that downloads onto a phone.

It also alerts staff of a potential threat and provides staff with a reliable accountability piece in case of emergencies. To date, the district has practiced drill situations more than 10 times since the start of the year.

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