SKSD: All-day crisis training throughout district on March 28

Active shooter incident training aims to save lives

PORT ORCHARD — There will be no classes in the South Kitsap School District on Thursday, March 28, so that a full day of emergency preparedness and active-shooter training can be conducted, led by Crisis Reality Training (CRT)’s Jesus Villahermosa, a retired Pierce County Sheriff’s Office SWAT member.

The day of training was originally planned to unfold over a half-day due to spring school conferences, but the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction granted the district its full-day waiver request.

Crisis training will be implemented throughout the South Kitsap School District following this final session of training. CRT presentations by Villahermosa teach the latest strategies to use if an active shooter were to come to a school.

The district said he teaches LEAST — or Lockdown, Evacuation and Survival Tactics — empirically based training that teaches educators and students the eight proven tactics to increase their chances for survival should an active shooter event occur.

The tactics presented March 28 will be “Lockdown, Duck Cover Assess and Move, Running, Evacuation, the Power of your Voice, Hiding, Crawling and Fighting.”

“Safety of our students and staff is our highest priority,” Superintendent Karst Brandsma said in a news release.

“We all have a duty to keep our schools safe and training of our staff, students and parents is an integral part of that process. This day is a follow-up to the Crisis Reality Training, student assemblies and parent presentations conducted last fall in South Kitsap.”

The district said attendance was low at the parent meeting Oct. 15; parents who didn’t attend it can go to the second parent presentation at 6 p.m. on March 28 at Marcus Whitman Middle School. Additional staff training sessions are scheduled for earlier that day.

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