CLASP Advisors Teacher Training Brings Awareness and Empowerment to St. John XXIII Catholic School

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School safety and security firm focuses on the human element, giving teacher's tools to bolster self-confidence and provide emergency training.

CLASP Advisors at St. John XXIII for Teacher Training

"CLASP has helped us with everything from innovative and affordable products to starting these trainings that reinforce resiliency. That's a core quality we value developing in our students, so it makes sense to foster it throughout our school."

CLASP Advisors brought two of its best trainers to St. John XXIII Catholic School this week to address the many security questions and fears that teachers and faculty face today. The first of a three-meeting series in the firm's program, CLASP Advisors spent two hours working with the Catholic elementary school's staff to take a human-based approach to what they see is predominantly a human problem. "A lot of people put all their confidence and money toward cameras, automated entry systems and other technology. These elements can be part of a solution, but in our view cannot be the sole answer; we believe in empowering people to be prepared and feel confident," said CLASP President Kevin Kimener.

Teachers all over the country are being exposed to various forms of training and drills to combat the rising occasions of violence in schools. St. John XXIII Principal Dawn Pickerill wanted to find a solution that went beyond some of the cookie cutter drill programs that are widely available. "We have completed the basic drills available in the state, but I felt like there were still gaps in our preparation that weren't addressed. CLASP Advisors has helped us with everything from innovative and affordable products to starting these trainings that reinforce resiliency. That's a core quality we value developing in our students, so it makes sense to foster it throughout our school."

Whereas many security firms advocate technology and rote drills, CLASP offers a more holistic approach that incorporates the empowerment of teachers and students along with regular trainings and drills to ensure that procedures are understood and followed by all in a case of emergency. "We see time and time again, dusty covered policy and procedure binders laying around schools, or manuals for equipment stuffed in drawers. None of it, the technology, the drills, are going to work in a traumatic situation if they haven't been practiced regularly in times of calm," Kimener shared.

Having built his company with the expertise of former military, civilian and other protective services experts, Kimener knows from his own experience as a Marine that training is everything. His curriculum is an annual program and he considers schools to be their partners in protection. For more information on CLASP Advisors and their programs, visit http://www.claspadvisors.com.

About CLASP Advisors
CLASP Advisors is a preparedness training and advisory firm that addresses the complex safety aspects of school and municipal environments by providing comprehensive, customized plans for advanced practices, training and drills. CLASP synthesizes the applicable best practices employed by law enforcement, military, protective services and government protection agencies around the world into appropriate and affordable plans for our communities and children. By best preparing students and educators, CLASP Advisors will continue to build confidence and create peace of mind in our schools and communities.

About St. John XXIII Catholic School
St. John XXIII represents 150 years of Catholic Education dedicated to encouraging and developing well-rounded, self-confident and compassionate children and young adults who lead successful, mindful, service-driven lives. We are committed to providing a challenging, structured and optimal learning environment led by highly qualified and experienced teachers. Our school community is the foundation on which our core principles of faith and hard work bind us together as a family.

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