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Program At A Glance

DAY 1 - FEBRUARY 16, 2020

DAY 1: February 16, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Delegate Registration Opens and Breakfast

Guests arrive at the South Point Hotel Las Vegas Nevada and register. The registration desk will be open to everyone from 7:30am - 1:00pm. Hotel check in available from 3:00pm and onwards.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM 

Keynote Address: Understanding the Concept of Left of Bang

If you were to picture a timeline, “bang” is time-zero and is in the middle of the line. Bang is whatever event you are trying to prevent from occurring. Whether it be an Active Threat, gang violence, or a student suicide we always would like to be Left of Bang. When we are right of bang, the act has already happened, and you are now reacting to event. Being right of bang could mean we missed some warning signs.

This activity is one you can take back to your organization to identify training, processes and procedures in place Left of Bang, process and procedures for responding right of bang, and any areas of improvement needed.


9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Active Shooter

In this day and age it’s past the point of saying it won’t happen here it won’t happen to us.  This course was designed to prepare schools for a response to an Active Shooter Emergency. This is an age appropriate response that all schools can utilize to mitigate loss of life.  The course was developed to give the people at point of impact the complimentary civilian response to the most used Law Enforcement Response in the nation. That way the first responder community and the individuals at the location of the shooting are responding in the best manner and cohesive way possible.


10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Refreshment Breaks

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Threat Assessments

This 90-minute presentation provides a comparison between two significant studies that have been conducted into the pre-attack behaviors of active shooters. The "Safe School Initiative” resulted from a study conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education in 2004 and focused exclusively on school shootings in the U.S. In 2018 the FBI published “A Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States”.

It expands the focus of the Secret Service study beyond school shootings to include all active shootings. The session will review findings common to both studies. Participants will learn about key terms such as “stressors” and “grievances” and how they contribute to the mindset of someone who sees violence as a viable means of resolving a conflict. Participants will also discuss how to incorporate the findings of these reports into the preparedness efforts at their own schools.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch - Garden Buffet

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Psychological Stress and Trauma

This three-hour presentation provides an in depth understanding of how psychological stress and trauma can negatively affect children and adults. The greatest risk for schools is not mass violence, rather it is for suicide, and assault. In assessing threats to school safety, a common factor is the aggressor had several life stressors indicative of increased risk. Students, families and educators increasingly report high stress levels and depression which if unchecked can become overwhelming.

If handled properly, these symptoms can be dealt with early on. This session will describe how traumatic events and prolonged stress can negatively impact the developing brain and cause substantial harm. Biographical examples from literature and history are used to illustrate practical understanding and applied interventions to build resilience, resistance and recovery when facing trauma and stress. Special emphasis will be on a five-step approach to F.A.S.T.E.R. Recovery used to support psychological strength and restore psychological health.

Attendees will also learn how stress and anxiety can be overcome in everyday life though applied practice and any age level. Particular emphasis will be on understanding how stress and depression contribute to anger, and interventions to ameliorate that anger effectively. The attendee will attendee will will learn about brain structure and biological response to stress, several dichotomies of thought directly impacting psychological health, and the "F.A.S.T.E.R. Resilience and Recovery" approach when facing stress or trauma. Helpful strategies that can be used in the classroom and home will also be discussed.


4:00 PM

End of Day 1

DAY 2 - FEBRUARY 17, 2020

DAY 2: February 17, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Delegate Registration Opens and Breakfast

Guests arrive at the South Point Hotel Las Vegas Nevada and register. The registration desk will be open to everyone from 8:00am - 1:00pm.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Digital Threat Assessment: How Publicly Available Social Media Can Be Utilized and Assessed to Ensure Safe Schools

Technology is an ever-evolving field which can challenge most school administrators. In recent years schools have used technology such as license plate readers, digital photos, access controls, CCTV, student and staff identification, visitor management and identification of sex offenders seeking entry. However technology has advanced quickly and there are many more uses, that once the power can be harnessed and the applications of new technology understood, school officials can leverage technology to improve school community communication, increase community engagement, quicken response times in emergencies and effectively use valuable school resources.

This presentation/workshop takes the audience past the flashy sales presentations and educates school officials, in a non-technical way, about available technologies that demonstrate value and application for events such as: Active shooter scenarios, School Safety and Lockdowns, anonymous tips using two-way text messaging, identification of at-risk populations, community-police engagement, building trust with SRO’s, quicker response times, panic call buttons, and effective incident management.


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Refreshment Breaks

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Social Media Networking Activity

The National School Safety Conference Launches #nsrc16 Social Media Contest.

This February, the school safety officers will be at South Point Hotel, Las Vegas NV. To mark the event, the conference is launching #nsrc16 Social Media Contest and wants you to participate for a chance to win an amazing Apple Watch and be featured at the conference!

To qualify, take photos or group photos during the conference and upload using the hashtags #nsrc16, through our mobile app. All photos/quotes must be shared and tagged by 11 AM, Wednesday 20 February 2019.

The most creative and impactful photos/quotes, the highest number of likes and highest number of shares will win the Apple Watch. Do not be afraid to use various tools that YAPP has to offer.

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch - Garden Buffet

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Climate-Safety Connection

While some of us think of temperature when referencing climate, others see climate as the overall feel of an environment.  While the words climate and culture are sometimes seen as synonymous, they are quite different.  “Culture is the school’s personality and the climate is its attitude” (Gruenert, S. & Whitaker, T. 2015, p 11). According to the “School Climate challenge: Narrowing the gap between school climate research and school climate policy, practice guidelines and teacher education policy”, school climate refers to the quality and character of school life” (p. 5).

School climate is a multidimensional construct and foundational to school safety. This session will guide participants through an interactive training geared to create a greater understanding of school climate and its connection to school safety. A positive school climate is the by-product of an intentional focus by schools on fostering safety; promoting academic achievement, and maintaining respectful, trusting and caring relationships. According to the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, a positive school climate involves engagement, safety and environment. These dimensions of school climate and their connection to school safety including: bullying, harassment, interpersonal relationships, and social-emotional learning will be addressed. Participants can expect challenging information regarding perceptions of school climate/safety, adult behavior as it relates to bullying and recommendations for building a safe place for everyone.

This school climate session will include interactive and challenging information regarding the attitudes and beliefs of school climate and the influence climate has on student feelings of safety as well as the impact on threat assessments, information sharing, and systems integrity.

Specific topics covered will include:

  • Four dimensions of school climate
  • Setting high expectations for climate change
  • Mitigating bullying’s influence on student learning
    Improving student behavior
  • Importance of staff morale

3:00 PM

End of Day 2