A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Response

    A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. This protocol presents response options for staff & students during an active shooter situation. These options are non-sequential and should be chosen based on the individual situation. 

    A = ALERT is when you first become aware of the threat. Acknowledge that there are signs of danger and make survival decisions based upon the circumstances.

    L = LOCKDOWN – If evacuating is not a safe option, barricade entry points into your room in an effort to create a semi-secure starting point. When in a LOCKDOWN, use your time wisely to prepare for other options (e.g. Counter and Evacuate) that might come into play should the active shooter gain entry.

    I = INFORM – The purpose of INFORM is to continue to communicate information in as real time as possible, if safe to do so. Information should always be clear, direct, and in plain language as an armed intruder is very unpredictable and a situation may change quickly. Real-time information is key to making effective survival decisions.    

    C = COUNTER focuses on actions that create noise, movement, distance and distraction with the intent of reducing the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Counter is NOT fighting the intruder and is a strategy of last resort.  

    E = EVACUATE – When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone by EVACUATING to a safe area. This will take people out of harm’s way and hopefully prevent students/staff from coming into any contact with the shooter. 


    School Resource Officers (SRO)

    Elizabeth Forward School District partners with the Elizabeth Township Police Department to provide

    two (2) School Resource Officers (SRO): Officer Jordan Angelo and Officer Jose Estevez 

    Verkada Guest - Visitor Management System

    Verkada Guest is a visitor management system that enhances school security by reading a visitor's  drivers’ license (or other approved state issued ID), comparing information to a sex offender database to alert school administrators and local police if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo, name of the visitor, date & time.


    Help us STOP school violence before it starts! Call 412-896-2373.

    As part of Elizabeth Forwards’ ongoing efforts to maintain safe and effective learning environments for all students,
    our Safe Schools Tip Line (412-896-2373) provides students and parents with an easy, anonymous way to report unsafe situations.

    The Tip Line allows students and parents to report weapons, threats of violence, bullying, sexual harassment, threat of suicide, drugs and any other activity that could potentially endanger students, staff and property. By using the Tip Line, students and parents can help keep schools safe, and it’s completely confidential.


  •  Workplace Safety Committee

     It is the policy of the Elizabeth Forward School District to ensure a safe, healthful workplace for all its students and employees.  Injury and illness losses from incidents are costly and preventable.  Elizabeth Forward School District will employ an effective accident and illness prevention program that involves all its employees in the effort to eliminate workplace hazards.



    Joshua Kutscher, Chair - Assistant to the Director of Finance and Operations

    Al Ragan, Vice-Chair - Director of Finance and Operations

    Dr. Randal Sydeski, Co-Chair - Director of Personnel & Student Services

     Jim Tyron - High School Custodian

    Marc Bellora - High School Teacher

    Zak DiGorio - Maintenance

    Jeff Esper - Middle School Teacher

    Lisa Kotewicz- Building Secretary

    Dr. Laura Burns - Greenock/Mt. Vernon School Principal

    Matt Toth - Director of Information Technology

    Hilary Clark - William Penn School Teacher