National School Safety Summit


National School Safety Summit

The National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security, hosted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), brings federal, state, and local school leaders together to share actionable recommendations that enhance safe and supportive learning environments in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools. Through expert panels and keynote addresses by leaders in the field, the Summit explores current threats and issues in school safety and considers research-informed strategies for addressing security challenges.

K-12 schools and school systems face a complex set of security risks and contend with dynamic and evolving threats ranging from acts of targeted violence to cyberattacks. Schools also have unique needs, considerations, and challenges when it comes to safety and security, underscoring the importance of a collaborative, holistic, and actionable approach to the issue. 

The Summit aims to support the safety and security of our schools by:

  • Fostering a nationwide dialogue by bringing together stakeholders for exchange, discussion, and connection
  • Facilitating action by sharing resources, products, and tools to support schools in implementing and strengthening their security postures
  • Equipping stakeholders with training and expertise to apply recognized best practices and research in the context of their specific communities, venues, and schools

CISA welcomes participation from any individual with a passion for improving school safety. The subject matter covered during the Summit is particularly relevant to K-12 educators, school and district administrators, principals and superintendents, school-based law enforcement, first responders, mental health professionals, state/federal/local government partners, elected officials, community liaisons, and other school safety and security professionals. 

For questions and additional information, please contact the CISA School Safety Task Force at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov

2022 National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security Recap

The 2022 National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security was presented in a virtual format on November 1-3, 2022. It was held in coordination with Infrastructure Security Month, CISA’s annual effort to educate the American public about the vital role critical infrastructure plays in the nation’s well-being and the importance of strengthening critical infrastructure security and resilience.

The Summit featured the latest research, resources, programs, and guidance available on a range of school safety topics and threats. 2022 sessions included panels and keynotes on issues such as: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • Physical Security
  • Emergency Planning
  • Capacity Building
  • Training, Exercises, and Drills
  • Targeted Violence
  • Reporting Systems
  • Threat Assessment
  • Violence Prevention
  • Online Safety

For more information on the 2022 Summit's panel and discussion topics, download the agenda (.PDF, 122kb). This one-pager (.PDF, 243kb) includes an overview of the 2022 Summit and event details.

To receive a copy of the event materials and resources shared during the 2022 Summit, please reach out to SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov

The Summit also included remarks by the following leaders from the government, private sector, and school safety community.

November 1, 2022 (Day 1) – Violence Prevention

  • Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security (Keynote Speaker)
  • Lina Alathari Ph.D., Chief, National Threat Assessment Center, United States Secret Service
  • Theresa Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Safer Schools Together
  • Steven Driscoll, Assistant Chief, National Threat Assessment Center, United States Secret Service
  • Colton Easton, Project and Training Manager, Safer Schools Together
  • Michele Gay, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Safe and Sound Schools
  • Frank Henderson, President, National School Boards Association
  • Sharon Hoover Ph.D., Co-Director, National Center for School Mental Health
  • Greg Johnson, Principal, West Liberty-Salem High School
  • Amy Lowder, Director, Student Safety & Well-being for Cabarrus County Schools
  • Rob Mayo Ph.D., Technical Assistance Specialist Senior Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Donna Michaelis, Director, Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety and Public Safety Training
  • Jenny Presswalla, Director (A), Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Sergeant Pamela Revels, School Resource Officer, Lee County of the Alabama Sherriff's Office
  • Margaret Sedor Ph.D., School Psychologist, District Suicide Prevention & Wellbeing Coordinator

November 2, 2022 (Day 2) - Cybersecurity and Online Safety

  • Jen Easterly, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Keynote Speaker)
  • Stephen Balkam, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Family Online Safety Institute
  • Kyla Guru, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bits N’ Bites Cybersecurity Education
  • Stacy Garrett, Vice-President, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • Michael Klein, Digital Infrastructure Fellow, Office of Education Technology, United States Department of Education
  • Keith Kruger, Chief Executive Officer, The Consortium for School Networking
  • Doug Levin, National Director, K12 Security Information eXchange
  • Melissa McConnell, Manager, National School Public Relations Association
  • Amy McLaughlin, Project Director, The Consortium for School Networking
  • Derek Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Neal Richardson, Co-Chairman, K-12 Working Group, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
  • April Schentrup, Founding Member, Stand with Parkland
  • David Stern, Analytic Cell, Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

November 3, 2022 (Day 3) - Physical Security

  • Tony Montalto, President, Stand with Parkland (Keynote Speaker)
  • David Mussington, Ph.D., Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Keynote Speaker)
  • Mo Canady, Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers
  • Mike Christianson, Protective Security Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Guy Grace, Chairman of Advisory Committee, Partner Alliance for Safer Schools
  • Judith Hoskens, Chairperson, Committee on Architecture for Education, American Institute of Architects
  • Janelle Hughes, Project Director, REMS-TA Center
  • Brian Jackson, Ph.D., Senior Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • John-Michael Keyes, Executive Director, The I Love U Guys Foundation
  • Kathy Martinez-Prather, Ph.D. Director, Texas School Safety Center
  • Susan Schneider, Branch Chief, Active Assailant Security, Office of Security Programs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Emily Torok, Executive Director, Ohio School Safety Center

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