School employees receive training in crisis management in Colorado
by The Press and Standard | August 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm
In an effort to plan for crisis situations within the school district, Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster and six Colleton County School District employees flew to Denver, Colo., during the second week of July to attend trainings at the “I Love U Guys” Foundation for the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method.
Over the course of the three-day training, stories were shared by survivors, families and emergency response personnel from the Platte Canyon, Deer Creek Middle, Virginia Tech and Columbine tragedies. Trainees listened as the events of the shootings were retold.
The culminating activity of the training was participation in a memorial service at the Columbine Memorial site followed by a tour and breakdown of what occurred there on April 20, 1999. Dr. Frank DeAngelis, former Columbine principal, spoke frankly and passionately to the trainees about the importance of what was being learned. The structure of the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method will provide continuity across the district in regards to the procedures implemented in a crisis situation, Foster said. Upon completion of the training, the district attendees received certification which provides them the credentials to train teams from each Colleton County School.
Dr. David Benke, the teacher responsible for taking down the shooter at the 2010 Deer Creek Middle shooting and member of the foundation will assist in facilitating this training, conducted prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.