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Rockwood School District Prepares for Crises

Held every two years, this workshop is one way the variety of internal and external Rockwood School District representatives collaborate to prepare for potential crises.

More than 100 parents, emergency officials and administrators discussed crisis preparedness at the district's Crisis Workshop on Wednesday.    

During the workshop, district administrators shared what precautions Rockwood representatives take to prevent crises, as well as how district officials would respond, should one occur. 

Emergency officials also spoke about the roles they play during a crisis situation, said Rockwood Chief Communications Officer Kim Cranston.  Following the presentations, attendees were asked to discuss and evaluate how they should respond to various crisis scenarios. 

Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers emphasized the district’s commitment to creating a safe learning environment. “Crisis preparedness takes partnerships, and I’m confident if we work together we can help keep our students, staff and school communities safe,” he said.

On Oct. 16, all Rockwood-related parents will have the opportunity to attend a crisis training workshop led by Jesus Villahermosa Jr., founder of Crisis Reality Training. That workshop will held at 7 p.m. at Crestview Middle School in Ellisville.

For the past several years, Rockwood has offered this workshop led by Villahermosa, a Washington-based law enforcement officer who started a crisis-related consulting busienss in 1986.

Villahermosa has been a deputy sheriff with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department since 1981. He is currently a sergeant for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, serving as the supervisor of the Court Security Unit in Tacoma, WA. He previously served as the director of campus safety at Pacific Lutheran University for 15 months in a contract partnership with the Sheriff's Department. He was the first certified Master Defensive Tactics Instructor for law enforcement personnel in Washington, and also was a firearm's instructor. He has been on the Pierce County Sheriff's S.W.A.T. Team since 1983, where he currently serves as the point man on the entry team.

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