Five of the nation’s top school safety experts will participate in Campus Safety Conference East and West opening sessions.
This summer, five school safety experts will welcome thousands of attendees to the third annual Campus Safety Conference East and West and kick off the two-day events. Moderated by Mo Canady, executive director for the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the session will feature Nina Delgadillo, manager II safe schools office for the Sacramento City Unified School District; Elizabeth Simpson, social science analyst with the Department of Justice (DOJ) COPS office; John Woodmansee, a coordinator with the Connecticut Department of Education; and Richard Bauscher, superintendent at Middleton School District No.134.
This panel of K-12 experts will discuss key issues of K-12 safety and security. Topics will include vulnerability assessments, and recognizing behavior and communication concerns. The panel will also cover federal funding opportunities and grant programs that are available to local, state, and tribal school districts, and law enforcement agencies. Each panelist will present a topic, field questions from the moderator and take part in a Q&A session with attendees.
“We’ll also get into the need for good collaboration between education and law enforcement, especially in response to critical incidents, ” says Canady.
He says this level of collaboration is particularly critical in an era where even the best-laid plans don’t always work out as expected in the event of a crisis.
“Quite often, a district may have written a plan, but may not have practiced and exercised it,” says Canady.
Conducting tabletop drills that include SROs, school security officers and local law enforcement can often solve this issue. Asking questions like, “Who is going to be in charge if a tornado hits a school building?” can also help solidify plans and ensure that they work when an event occurs.
From the opening session, Canady hopes attendees take away a better understanding of which boxes need checking and items need addressing before a safety-related incident happens.
“We’ll cover a large gamut of topics that are relevant for the audience,” he says, “and give attendees hands-on tips and tactics that they can take back and use at their own schools.”
The third annual Campus Safety Conferences are education and training events for anyone who has a stake in ensuring the public safety and security of our nation’s schools, universities and colleges. Taking place in Washington, D.C., July 25-26 and Long Beach, Calif., Aug. 9-10, the conferences provide full-day training workshops, a campus police chief and a K-12 safety panel, dozens of conference sessions, and more than 35 companies showcasing their products, services, and technologies.
This safety panel will take place at CSC East and West, K-12 track, on July 25-26 and Aug. 9-10.