Teachers and administrators at Ripon High School on Monday received an education on how to handle and prepare for "critical incidents."
Members of the Ripon-Manteca joint SWAT team demonstrated their response to such incidents and school officials then asked questions of law enforcement.
School was not in session and the training was done away from public view, said Sgt. Steve Merchant of the Ripon Police Department.
He said the exercise was part of ongoing in-service training for educators and not specifically tied to the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead at an elementary school, including 20 schoolchildren.
"We've done gang training, narcotics training," he said. "We've been working for years with our school district to provide training.
"Obviously, the Newtown incident was the eye-opener to all of us in the law enforcement and education communities. We're going to work even closer with our allied partners to ensure the safety of our children."
The training, which began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted 2½ hours, included a lecture, a question-and-answer period and a demonstration by SWAT team members on their approach.
Unlike a Stanislaus County Office of Education drill in February that simulated a school shooting the use of actors portraying blood-stained students and the sound of gunfire was featured on NBC's "Today" show Ripon's was far more constrained.
Members of the Manteca-Ripon SWAT team were equipped with air-soft weapons and explorers were used in other aspects of the simulation.
"We weren't trying to scare people, but we want people to be ready and to have a plan," Merchant said. "Schools have been very good about fire drills. At least in recent memory, I can't remember where a fire injured a student.
"We want to be prepared for any incident as they would be a fire."
What was the biggest takeaway?
"The message to the staff is be prepared and know that help is on the way," he said.