CIAC Hosting Risk Management Training Program

ciacnewCHESHIRE, Conn. – Connecticut will be one of the first states to take part in a high school event risk management training pilot program created by the The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). The training workshops will take place April 22 and 23 at the CIAC offices in Cheshire.

The one-day training program will be available either April 22 or April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided and there will be no charge for the training. The program will be available to up to four representatives from 30 different districts and is intended for superintendents, high school principals, athletic directors, and school resource officers. Registration is first-come, first-served and is available at and school districts will be able to choose either Tuesday April 22 or Wednesday 23 for the training program.

CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff has been involved with the development of the program at the national level and helped play a part in bringing one of the three initial pilot programs to Connecticut to benefit state schools.

“CAS is excited to be piloting the risk management training program,” Niehoff stated. “Historically there has been a great deal of attention paid to crisis prevention and emergency preparedness during ‘regular’ school hours and activities. While that is certainly appropriate, we must also be cognizant of risk factors associated with extra-curricular events such as athletics and student activities. This risk management training program will help CAS and participating schools to implement safer extra-curricular programs.”

The partnership between the organizations, and with the support of ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, was formed with the intent to develop a national risk management training curriculum and assessment for interscholastic athletics and after-school programs. The training will help build safer, more secure, and resilient high school interscholastic athletics and after-school activities programs across the country.

NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani is excited to see the continued development of the program and the prospect of bringing the pilot to the states.

“The overall goal of this program is the standardization of safety and security management practices at athletic events and after-school activities. I want to commend the CIAC for their leadership and pro-active stance in enhancing wholesome environments for school safety,” said Marciani.

The outcomes of the program will include plans and procedures specific to respective school districts’ sports and event venues. The event on April 22-23 will be the second of three pilot programs to take place across the country with the others taking place in Mississippi and Indiana.

There will be a press conference on April 22 at 10 a.m. at the CAS-CIAC offices and all media are encouraged to attend.

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