On Wednesday, February 19, Hull Christian School held a faculty in-service that focused on training entitled, “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate” (A.L.I.C.E.). This training included administrative staff and all faculty from the Hull Christian School as well as some administrative staff and faculty from the Ireton Christian School. This training was presented from a standpoint of providing options to faculty members in an active shooter event.
The Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema, facilitated the training with assistance from Officer Kevin Vande Vegte of the LeMars Police Department and Officer Josh Koedam of the Sioux Center Police Department. Pollema, Vande Vegte, and Koedam are specially trained to instruct the A.L.I.C.E response. Deputy Stan Oostra and Trooper Vince Kurtz with the Iowa State Patrol also assisted with the training.
The goal of A.L.I.C.E. training is to equip all school staff with options in the event of an active shooter situation.
According to Deputy Pollema, many schools only have a standard lockdown policy in their crisis planning. He says that while lockdown can be good, A.L.I.C.E. training teaches staff to use real time information, effective room
barricades and counter measures that can be used against the active shooter. He says it also teaches methods of
evacuating the school — if it can be done safely.
Pollema said the training was a success. He says they wanted to get the point across that doing something is better than nothing. He says it provided all who attended the training with more options and a different mind‐set when it comes to active shooter situations.