NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — Teachers in Assumption Parish spent two days learning new strategies on emotional learning and crisis management in an effort to keep students “on pace” academically and safe.

Assumption Parish Schools said the two-day workshop on Sept. 15 and 16 focused on learning improvements for each grade level. Teachers focused on subjects of reading, science, math and social studies.

“Our district set aside two full days to allow our teachers to work together, as well as consultant with outside education specialists to improve their day-to-day performance,” Superintendent Dr. John Barthelemy said.

“This heightened focus on professional development is part of our district’s overall strategic plan to improve academic performance in all our schools. At the same time, we wanted to review all safety measures on our campuses and update our crisis plans to make sure we are doing all we can to take care of our students,” Barthelemy said.

Campus administrators participated in crisis management sessions reviewing campus response plans to keep students safe, according to the school system.

“Safety is always a factor in what we do,” Barthelemy said. “We are always striving to find ways to make our campuses safer and to sharpen our response skills.”

In August, Barthelemy said the school system spent $300,000 on security upgrades. Improvements included upgrading door locks, smart cameras, and metal detectors at primary, middle and high schools.