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Lehman Students, Faculty, Staff Practice Preparedness

December 19, 2018 GMT

With the new 2018/19 school year comes many new changes as well as the continuation of old traditions at Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School. One such change has been the newly instituted start and end times for the district. The high school now starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m., as opposed to last year’s start time of 7:30 a.m. and end time of 2:30 p.m. This change has been widely welcomed by students as it has helped solve the problem of the morning grogginess which previously pervaded the first periods of the day. ALICE training Another new change, and one that has come on a more serious tone, is the new lockdown program known as ALICE (Alert. Lockdown. Inform. Counter. Evacuate.). ALICE is the new training program that the teachers have undergone in order to more securely respond to situations which involve dangerous individuals, including active shooters, who have entered the building. Alongside the training sessions in which the teachers have participated, the school has encouraged the teachers to rehearse proper lockdown drills with students in various periods. In fact, there was a proper schoolwide lockdown drill only two weeks ago in which all classes were barricaded and secured while police officers went around and checked each individual classes’ barricade. The training, in combination with revamped security protocols, has left the school safer than it has ever been. Holiday party But the new changes that have come have not impeded on current standing traditions at Lake-Lehman. The Christmas party that is held each year was held once again in an effort to help those who are less fortunate in the community have a wonderful and joyful Christmas holiday. Helmed by Jean Lipski and Sandy Boyle, this party perfectly encapsulates the essence of the season of giving. Students from all around the high school are encouraged to get involved by buying the gifts for the families, setting up decorations, or even becoming elves that help to entertain the kids and aid the staffers. Christmas skits In the same vein, the final preparations are being made for the Christmas Skits that will be performed on Friday, Dec. 21. The skits are Lehman’s traditional kickoff to the holiday break as an assembly by students, for students. The efforts by all in the Lake-Lehman High School have once again made this year better than the last. The safer environment offered by ALICE coupled with the upcoming Christmas events have kept Lake-Lehman feeling like the close knit community that it has always been. With more on the way, the future looks promising in this neck of the woods. Christian Diana is a student in the Lake-Lehman School District. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.