Crisis Reality Training

Crisis Reality Training
Posted on 09/25/2018
Jesus Villahermosa

South Kitsap School District administrators have contracted with crisis training expert, Jesus Villahermosa, to conduct Crisis Reality Training for students, staff, and families. District officials heard loud and clear from participants in a recent Thought Exchange survey that training was needed for staff and students. Recent events both locally and at the national level also have school safety and security top of mind for the entire community. 

Mr. Villahermosa will be the featured speaker at a presentation for South Kitsap High School parents at 6pm on October 15. The parent meeting will be the final phase in the training rollout at SKHS and will follow student assemblies earlier that day. The first phase involved a training overview for the SKSD Board of Directors. Building administrators and other leadership team members received training in June. Middle School parent and student presentations will be scheduled in the spring. 

During the past several months, Villahermosa led Crisis Reality Training seminars for about 5,700 middle and high school students in the district. The retired Pierce County Sheriff’s SWAT member teaches the latest strategies to use if an active shooter were to come to a school, such as running, barricading doors, and fighting back.

South Kitsap Superintendent Karst Brandsma said safety is a top priority for the district, and Villahermosa’s presentations are part of a series of district-wide improvements and response to a Safety Evaluation by Safe Havens International. That work includes additional staffing to support safety and security, installation of security cameras, automatic door locks, and other measures.

“While we don’t want our schools to feel like prisons, we want to empower our students and staff to have current information and options when it comes to reacting and surviving a crisis,” Brandsma said.

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