December 1, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

‘We want to do everything we can to prepare our students’

The ALICE Drills at St. Joseph-Ogden High School looked a little different this year thanks to COVID-19.


Principal Gary Page said the district had to do each drill twice to account for their two different groups of students.


They also sent live stream links to their remote only students.


“In terms of our ALICE or Law Enforcement Drill we were not able to simulate an actual intruder or real-life situation like we have been able to the last couple of years,” he said. “Instead, we had to have a more regimented evacuation so we could maintain better social distancing.”


Page said he feels the drills that use a simulated intruder are actually more effective.


“Even when the students know it is just a drill having the element of a real-life situation gets the heart pumping and allows the students and staff to truly practice making informed decisions under pressure,” Page said. “Some of the best feedback we have received from students over the last couple of years is including this element.”


Page said the staff talked through the decision making processes more than they usually do with students to compensate for not having the real-life situation but it wasn’t the same.


During the presentation at Living Word Church, which the district uses as their evacuation meeting point, School Resource Officer Shawn Hallett and Athletic Director Justin Franzen presented statistics and discuss why the district uses ALICE which stands for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate.


“In this discussion, they also include examples of different options of what to do in different situations but the biggest point is getting the students to understand they have the choice to run, hide, or fight and it is up to each person to make the best choice to ensure their safety,” Page said.
Page said he wants the community to know that even though the drills are not fun to do, think about, and can oftentimes be tough to talk about they are important.


“Unfortunately, this happens way too often in our world today and we want to do everything we can to prepare our students to know what they can do to make it home at the end of the day whether it is in the school, at the mall, a restaurant, college, or anywhere else they may be,” Page said.

in Schools
Banner
Related Posts

Wentzloff brings Lurch to life in Addams Family

April 3, 2022

April 3, 2022

Lili Wentzloff knows how to portray a character with few words. She is portraying Lurch, the butler of the creepy...

Live at SJO School Board

October 28, 2019

October 28, 2019

We will be live at SJO School Board tonight. On the agenda: 2020 Health insurance, first-quarter financial report and three-year...

SJO to host event for seniors

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

The administration at St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to give their seniors some sense of normalcy.   “The decision to have...

SJO 2019-2020 Third Quarter Honor Roll

April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

FreshmenActon, Alyssa Adams, Madison Bills, Sylvia Birt, Owen Blackburn, Ethan Chatterton, Gwen Collins, Bryce Dial, Aleah Finley, Leah Flessner, Grace...

Franzen chosen to lead middle school

March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

The new St. Joseph Middle School Principal will be a familiar face. The St. Joseph Consolidated Community School Board voted...

St. Joseph Middle School 8th grade high honor roll

April 7, 2022

April 7, 2022

ST. JOSEPH MIDDLE SCHOOL —  3rd Quarter, 2021-2022 8th Grade High Honor Roll Ames, Trevor Barrowman, Lexie Beyers, Kaitlyn Bird,...

SJO second quarter honor roll

January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

FreshmenAllinger, OliviaAltenbaumer, JaredBirt, EliBirt, MilesBowlin, ChazButts, LandenChatterton, SarahCoffey, HaydenFisher, JackFrerichs, LylaGriebat, JoeHarms, BrodieJohnson, SethJones, DylanKrall, AidenLacey, AbigailLackey, LoganMarschke, AudraPalmer, ChayseReifsteck,...

SJO 2022-2023 1st Quarter High Honor Roll

October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022

FRESHMANAden, CarolineAmes, TrevorBarrowman, KylieBarrowman, LexieBeyers, KaitlynBird, EmilyBonny, AidenBrooks, AddisonBytnar, SaraCampbell, ShelbyCarlson, JacobCarlson, WilliamChaudhary, RudraChilders, AdelynCrozier, CadeCruz, AdreonaDwyer, CalebEvans, CallieFranklin, WilliamGetty,...

2021 SJO honors night

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

On Wednesday St. Joseph-Ogden High School announced the winners of scholarships. The winners are listed below. National Merit Scholarship (commendation)...

SJO announces academic letter winners

May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

Academic Letter Winners for the 2019-2020 Academic Year Class of 2020 (Graduates)Lindsey Aden Jenna Albrecht Michara AllenMallory Ames Kendall Ayers...

Maxey named to SJO Board of Education

June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020

The St. Joseph-Ogden School Board has a new member. The Board of Educated voted to fill a vacant position with...

SJO 2022-2023 1st Quarter Honor Roll

October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022

FRESHMANAlexander, MatthewBeals, JosiahBlackburn-Kelley, TimBlackburn-Kelley, TimeraBrooks, BellaCoffey, ChristopherDaly, NathanEricksen, KatherineGossett, JeffreyHale, CharlesHayes, CoyHood, BryannaHuckstadt, AmeliaJackson, NickMcKinney, EmmaPreston, GraceRay, GrahamRetz, LanceReynolds, JaxsonSexton,...

National Honor Society inducts new members

April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019

On April 22 the St. Joseph-Ogden High School National Honor Society inducted 20 new members. Those students include: Isabelle Brooks,...

SJO announces academic letter winners for the 2020-21 school year

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Thanks to Appl Sanitary for sponsoring our honor rolls and academic awards posts. St. Joseph-Ogden High School hosted an Academic...

Comments
Leave a Reply