We call our educators and school staff “Immediate Responders,
Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD8) directed multiple federal agencies to work together to identify preparedness goals to address the greatest threats posed to the security of our nation. These threats included terrorist threats, domestic and foreign, and Active Assailant events. PPD8 was written in January of 2013 and went into effect in July of 2013. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified five Mission Areas needed to be addressed for a governmental or non-governmental agency to be considered prepared. These same five Mission Areas are written into the FEMA Guide For High Quality Emergency Operations Plans. This guide came out in July of 2013 and is available on line for free. It contains everything schools and school districts need to do in terms of planning in order to be prepared for natural or manmade disaster incidents, including these five Mission Areas:
I have read or referenced the FEMA Guide hundreds of times throughout the course of my work, and nowhere in that guide did I see reference to Overreacting or Knee Jerk Reactions as preparedness Mission Areas. Yet in the wake of last week’s Parkland FL. school massacre, I’m hearing a lot of just that from a lot of people, including representatives of our government. In my opinion as a school safety professional, the most dangerous of those knee jerk overreactions is arming school teachers. I offer that opinion as a trained professional in both law enforcement and school safety, based on research in both industries. The day we take to arming teachers as a solution to school violence is also the day we must raise the white flag of surrender to the domestic terrorists too often mistakenly referred to as “School Shooters.
Preparing to Keep Children Safer in School
The International School Safety Institute Announces 2019 Conference Designed to Facilitate Improved School Safety Programs; Missy Jenkins-Smith to open conference as keynote speaker
(San Diego, California – January 29, 2019) The International School Safety Institute™ (ISSI) has announced its 2019 Conference which will take place in San Diego, California at the Sheraton Tower and Maria Hotel on September 30 – October 2nd. This year’s conference coined Beyond the Edge, reflects the climate and culture of school safety and will deliver workshops and general sessions presented by leading voices in school safety education to help improve the design and implementation of the school safety programs and outcomes. The Conference will include peer to peer exchange of information, special guest speakers and resources and tools from exhibitors.
Since 2011, International School Safety Institute has hosted the Conference annually to highlight state-of-the-art analysis, training and guidance to maximize school safety, while staying compliant with Federal and State school safety laws. Developed for education administrators and educators, law enforcement personnel and others responsible for implementing safety and security procedures in educational environment, the Conference has consistently pursued an education-first position. The Conference is also open to parents who want to be knowledgeable and be active participants in school safety protocols.
On September 30th, the conference will kick-off with workshops and speakers including Kristen Amicone, Director of Education & Technology for the San Diego Police Foundation, Theresa Campbell and Sam Jingfors of Safer Schools Together and Jeff Kaye of School Safety Operations. October 1 and October 2 will be comprised of the conference and exhibitor showcase and demonstrations such as window security films, aerial drone surveillance, electronic locks and disaster suppliers and mass notification systems to name a few. Missy Jenkins will serve as the opening day keynote address. Ms. Jenkins was permanently injured in Paduka, Kentucky school shooting. Since that time, Ms. Jenkins has become an author and mother and lives a life of joy in spite of the violence she experienced as a student.
In the last two years, the Conference has experienced 40% growth in audience participation and is on a trajectory to attract 300 plus attendees this year. It has become a valuable resource for sharing school safety and emergency management tools as proactive resource to channel culture and climate issues such as school violence, cyber threats, social media, suicide and teen alcohol and drug use including effects of THC on young brains.
“In today’s educational environment, it is critical that leaders are getting the full culture and climate picture to keep our children safer when under their charge. By attending our conference, district administrators and educators along with law enforcement and parents can access the newest findings from industry experts, emergency training and resources to keep children safer in the classroom,