National School Safety Summit


National School Safety Summit

Registration is now open for the 2022 National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security. To register, visit https://2022CISASchoolSummit.eventbrite.com.

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

2022 National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security

The 2022 National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security will be presented in a virtual format on November 1-3, 2022. It will be 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. 

Registration is now open for the Summit and attendance is free of charge. To register, visit https://2022CISASchoolSummit.eventbrite.com.

The Summit will feature the latest research, resources, programs, and guidance available on a range of school safety topics and threats. 2022 sessions will include 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

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

Event Details

The Summit will be held virtually over the course of three days in November. Each day will consist of a two-hour session centered around the themes of violence prevention (Day 1); cybersecurity and online safety (Day 2); and physical security (Day 3). Additional event details include:

  • Dates: November 1-3, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT each day
  • Location: Held virtually via Microsoft Teams (access link to be provided to all registrants)
  • Registration Information: The Summit is open to all interested parties and there is no cost to attend. Registration is required for planning purposes. To register, visit https://2022CISASchoolSummit.eventbrite.com.

Who Should Attend?

CISA welcomes participation from any individual with a passion for improving school safety. The subject matter covered during the sessions will be 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Summit Background

Where will the Summit be held?

The Summit is fully virtual. You do not have to travel to any specific location to participate in the Summit. You can participate from anywhere you have Internet access. The Summit is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

Why should I attend the Summit?

The Summit is designed for all K-12 school safety community members, including federal, state, and local school leaders, to learn about and share actionable recommendations for creating and sustaining safe and secure learning environments. It is intended to foster a nationwide dialogue on the most critical school safety issues and equip school stakeholders and personnel with resources, training, and expertise to apply in their local school settings and communities.  

The Summit will feature keynote addresses by senior officials and panels on various school safety topics and threats. Sessions will cover the latest research, resources, programs, and guidance on cybersecurity, targeted violence, emergency planning, violence prevention, online safety, and physical security.

Who Should Attend?

CISA welcomes participation from any individual with a passion for improving school safety. The subject matter covered during the sessions will be 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.

Registering for the Summit

Is there a cost to attend the Summit?

There is no cost to attend the Summit. It is free to anyone who registers.

How do I register for the Summit?

To register, visit https://2022CISASchoolSummit.eventbrite.com

Is a one-day registration available?

No, registration is for all three days of the Summit.

Attending the Summit

Will I receive credit for attending the Summit?

Credit will not be available. However, all participants will receive the materials utilized during the Summit.

Do I have to attend the entire Summit? 

Virtual Summits bring the experience of an in-person Summit to your personal computer, so just like an in-person Summit, you have the freedom to pick the sessions you attend. However, to get the most out of your Summit experience, we recommend attending the Summit in its entirety.

Will sessions be recorded?

We intend to record all the Summit’s sessions. 

Will materials be distributed after the Summit?

Yes, event materials, presentation materials, and resources shared during the Summit will be available for all participants. 

Technology

What technology do I need to attend the Summit? 

The Summit will be held on Microsoft Teams, accessible through your web browser. For the best experience, we recommend a strong Internet connection and a desktop or laptop computer. We cannot allow attendees to turn on their video cameras or speak via phone during the Summit.

How do I ask questions during the Summit?

You may use the Question & Answer (Q&A) feature through Microsoft Teams if you have questions during the Summit. CISA School Safety Task Force members will answer questions via chat or live during the session. 

Will the Summit offer any accessibility accommodations?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to providing accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to individuals with disabilities, including members of the public and federal employees, by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d). The platform the Summit will be held on offers closed captioning, screen magnification, and high color contrast mode. If you need accommodations, please reach out to SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov

Additional Considerations

Can my organization sponsor this Summit? 

We appreciate your interest in supporting the Summit. However, we are not accepting sponsors for this Summit due to federal government restrictions on accepting funding or other material support for federally sponsored events. 

Additional Information

Download a one-page overview (.PDF, 243kb) of the Summit for additional details. For questions and additional information, please contact the CISA School Safety Task Force at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov

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