Partnering for Safe Schools:
A Safety and Security Summit

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The Fund is committed to facilitating collaboration between educators and law enforcement to prevent future tragedies in Texas schools. Join us for a daylong event to gain practical tips for keeping your schools safe environments for learning and working. We encourage you to attend the Summit together with your local law enforcement and first responders.

Summit details

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Registration and breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m.


Austin Marriott North
2600 La Frontera Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78681
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Attendees may also participate virtually
A link will be sent prior to the event date.‚Äč

Suggested audience includes: assistant superintendents, business managers, emergency managers, first responders, local law enforcement, operations managers, risk managers, school law enforcement, and superintendents

Registration is open to Fund members at no cost. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Opening session

Beyond Tragedy: Response and Recovery Following a School-Based Crisis

Presented by Alissa Parker, Co-founder, Safe and Sound Schools

Alissa shares her personal perspective on the Sandy Hook School response and recovery efforts. Based on her own experiences, those of victims, survivors, first responders, community leaders, educators, families, and children in the Sandy Hook and Newtown community, Alissa outlines the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in the aftermath of tragedy and loss to better prepare others to respond and recover from emergencies, crisis, and disaster. She shares insights on emergency notification, communication, death notification, protection of victims and victims’ families, mental health needs and services, media management, and financial considerations, as well as other issues surrounding the response and recovery efforts within Sandy Hook and Newtown.

Other sessions include

  • A panel of experts share their perspectives on how to effectively collaborate for school security and safety

  • A legal perspective on student mental health issues
  • A panel of law enforcement representatives tackle school security questions generated by the current law
  • Options for retrofitting your buildings for increased security
  • A discussion of the Governor’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan and other resources available to school districts