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Valley school districts take steps to reassure parents that safety is #1 priority

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HUBBARD, Ohio - As children returned to classrooms throughout the Valley on Monday, school administrators were taking steps to reassure parents that student safety is a number one priority.

Earlier this year the Hubbard School District decided to employ a program called A.L.I.C.E. which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

The Hubbard superintendent says it's a leading-edge program that deals with an active shooter and teaches students and staff how to increase their chances of survival.

"With this program, like the one teacher who went to the bathroom and locked the kids in there, that's the right thing to do. You barricade the doors or you bust windows out to get out of the building. All those types of things," said Richard Buchenic, Hubbard Superintendent.

It is mandatory for all Ohio schools to have a crisis plan in place that is practiced and reviewed on a regular basis.

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