Members of the security staffs at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s schools receive continual training in methods in responding to different situations.
That training for the security supervisors and staff members at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy continued during the last week of July at PMSA with training through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) of Milwaukee.
Throughout the training, staffers learned about nonviolent crisis intervention methods. This included communicating nonverbally through body position, responding to verbal behavior issues, and if necessary, physical interventions.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the additional training will help faculty and staff maintain an optimal learning environment in all three schools.
"Students need a calm environment in order to learn the material that is presented to them in their classes, and they cannot learn if they are not in class or if there are disruptions," she said. "It is hoped that this training will assist in reducing incidents and help keep students in school and in class where they belong."
The training will continue throughout the school year with refreshers during staff in-service days. In addition, several staff members who underwent the training in July were certified as trainers, and they will train new staff as they begin their employment at the schools.