The National School Safety Virtual Conference or NSSV is a four-day annual gathering of the top administrators and future key decision makers of K-12, Colleges, Universities and Public-School Districts who will strategize and collaborate across distinguished school safety experts, health officials, campus security officers, solution providers and emergency management experts to discuss on the biggest challenges the schools are facing today.

The program content is put together by school safety experts and our Advisory Board who provide direction for our shows! Expect inspirational keynotes, panels and collaborative masterclass sessions guaranteed to offer practical and useful insights and networking opportunities virtually.

Attendees will also get a deep dive into campus safety & security officer’s perspectives on innovations for safer schools & earn Continuing Education Units (CEU).


(This year 2021 is the thirteenth edition of the National School Safety Virtual Conferences, previously known as National School Response)



Chairman of the Conference







Vicki Abbinante, PhD




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We are always looking for an expert in school safety and security against school violence.


DAY 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 2020

DAY 1: November 17, 2020 TUESDAY

10:45 AM - 11:AM EST

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Gary L. Sigrist, Jr.
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

11:00 AM - 12:00 NN EST

How Principals, School Resource Officials And School Security Officers Can Work Effectively Together

Ron Woodruff

Prepared-Schools Training

Examines the roles of the School Resource Officer and the School Security Officer and how they work in conjunction with the Building Administrator to provide a safe and healthy learning environment.

Having school security is primarily a prevention strategy. The whole concept is one of stopping trouble before it happens in order to maintain a safe and healthy teaching and learning environment for all. School Security Officers (SSOs) are generally defined as those non-commissioned individuals employed by a school district, either as classified or contracted employees, to manage safety and security programs on school campuses. School Resource Officers (SROs), by contrast, are defined as commissioned law enforcement officers typically employed by law enforcement agencies and assigned to work in schools as part of an agreement with a school district. Whether your district employs an SRO or an SSO the material presented below will help to assist you, the Building Principal, to know the roles, duties and responsibilities of your security personnel and assist you in supervising their activities. If you do not employ either of these positions, the material will help you to understand what your role should be in providing for a safe and secure learning environment.

It is important to keep in mind that should a criminal activity occur on your campus. It is the police that are in charge and your role is to assist them in the completion of their duties.

1:15 PM- 2:15 PM EST

The Impact of Psychological Stress and Trauma on Children and Adults in the Era of COVID: Resilience, Prevention and Intervention

Dr. Tim Murphy
Psychologist and Clinical Director

Fortis Future

A history of stress or trauma is common among children and adults involved in violent acts. About half of children and 70% of adults have been exposed to a traumatic event threatening life or injury and may be experienced directly or witnessed. Chronic toxic stress levels include repeated abuse, violence, neglect, poor nutrition, economic hardship and marital problems. These experiences cause alterations in brain architecture, which, in turn compound the risk for emotional, behavioral, cognitive and physical problems in children and adults. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicide, anger, developmental delays, attention disorders, and memory problems are among the emotional and cognitive risks. Physical problems include increased probability for chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes and infection lasting years after the stress has stopped. Understanding these brain changes helps explain why some are more resistant to psychological intervention. The isolation, financial problems, and other mandates from the COVID pandemic has exacerbated all of these problems. Six pillars are presented as lifelong intervention strategies to build resilience, and recovery over trauma.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Getting To The Last One Hundred Feet

Tamara Coffey
Director Government Relations & Emergency Services

One Hundred Feet

One Hundred Feet provides highly accurate geocodes for multi-unit complexes. Sub address geocodes within 10ft of accuracy helps reduce arrival time by up to 40%

DAY 2 - NOVEMBER 18, 2020

DAY 2: November 18, 2020 WEDNESDAY

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM EST

School Safety Session Highlights

Gary Sigrist Jr
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

11:00 AM - 12:00 NN EST

School Parking Lot Shootout

Gary Sigrist Jr
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

How Technology Is Being Used To Keep School Districts Safe

Brian Toolan
Sr. Director, Public Sector Strategy


1:35 PM - 2:15 PM EST

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)

Gary Sigrist Jr
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are eligible students.

"FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are eligible students."

Understanding FERPA can be a challenge for school officials. What is defined as 'Directory Information' and how does directory information differ from 'School Records'? What records can we share with Law Enforcement? Are School Resource Officers automatically considered 'School Officers' under FERPA? When does surveillance video from a school become a school record? When do FERPA rules not apply to school records? This informative session will help you navigate FERPA while maintaining the rights of students and help reduce your exposure to a FERPA violation."

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM EST

All Hazards Approach To Emergencies

Scott Brown
Supervisor, Campus Public Safety Officer

Central Oregon Community College

Showcase The Outline For An All Hazards Approach To Emergencies, With Focus On Survival Mindset

DAY 3 - NOVEMBER 19, 2020

DAY 3: November 19, 2020 THURSDAY

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM EST

School Safety Session Highlights

Gary Sigrist Jr
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

11:00 AM - 12:30 NN

Creating a Safe Working and Learning Environment

Gary Sigrist Jr
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM EST

Options-Based Response to Active Assailants in Schools: What the Research Says.

Vicki Abbinante, PhD
School Safety Researcher & Resilience Consultant

Will County Emergency Management Agency

There are currently two competing paradigms informing civilian active assailant approaches: single-option traditional lockdown and multi-option responses. While there is much anecdotal evidence to draw upon concerning the effectiveness of each approach, empirical evidence on the issue has been absent. Seeking to fill that empirical void, two studies were recently conducted that give schools important operational information for use when responding to an active assailant. The findings suggest that multi-option approaches appear to be more effective than traditional lockdown in the survival of civilians.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Help, I need someone: Teacher Mental Health

Dr. Cheryl Spittler
Co-Lead District Safety Team

Albany County School District #1

"Did you know that teachers make 1500 decisions in a day? That breaks down to 4 decisions every minute made by the average teacher. Teaching is hard work. Now, with concerns of COVID-19, they are not only continuing to make an inordinate amount of decisions, but they have added to that the concerns of their students who are learning digitally. After the school closures last March, teachers were thrown into the world of virtual teaching. They had to figure out on the fly how to teach all grades and topics on a digital platform. Stress skyrocketed, concern for students, anguish over not saying good-bye at the end of the school year and mental health suffered.

Mental health is a topic very familiar to the world of school safety. Sadly, mental health issues tend to be stereotyped and hidden for fear of being stigmatized. Teachers are currently being pushed to their limits providing in person instruction and digital instruction for students not attending in the brick and mortar setting. During this current pandemic, the mental health needs of teachers need to be given priority attention. This interactive session will take a look at the impact of secondary trauma and the very real experience of compassion fatigue on our educators. We will also identify key supports available to educators. Through organizations like the Happy Teacher Revolution and Second Step Resilience for Adults."

DAY 4 - NOVEMBER 20,2020

DAY 4: November 20, 2020 FRIDAY

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

School Safety Session Highlights

Gary Sigrist Jr
CEO and President

Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Bleed Control

Lori Gallian
Senior Project Manager

LG Consulting

Stop the Bleed is a course supported by the American College of Surgeons and is intended to train the public to effectively help others and themselves if they are seriously wounded.

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM EST

Responding To Autism: A Law Enforcement Approach

Sgt Stefan Bjes

Addison Police Department

This program has been designed to provide students with basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders and strategies for interactions with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the years the number of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has risen drastically, resulting in increased contacts with law enforcement. This training will show students how inappropriate responses by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as lack of communication skills, aggressive behavior, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors can be reconciled. This can be done by identifying procedures that a law enforcement officer should/may employ when interacting with an individual with a disability, and identify the procedures a law enforcement officer should follow to ensure the safety and cooperation of a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).




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Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG) is a global software company that provides enterprise software applications that automate and accelerate organizations' operational response to critical events in order to keep people safe and businesses running faster. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or severe weather conditions, as well as critical business events such as IT outages, cyber-attacks or other incidents such as product recalls or supply-chain interruptions, over 4,400 global customers rely on the company's SaaS-based Critical Event Management platform to quickly and reliably aggregate and assess threat data, locate people at risk and responders able to assist, automate the execution of pre-defined communications processes, and track progress on executing response plans. The company's platform sent over 2 billion messages in 2017 and offers the ability to reach more than 200 countries and territories with secure delivery to over 100 different communication devices. The company's critical communications and enterprise safety applications include Mass Notification and Incident Communications, Safety Connection™, IT Alerting, Visual Command Center®, Crisis Commander®, Community Engagement®, and Care Converge™, and are easy-to-use and deploy, secure, highly scalable and reliable.



With over 35 years of security engineering and consulting experience, IMEG's security group specializes in developing advanced security measures for new and existing structures and our holistic approach to next generation security is highly regarded throughout the construction and security industries. Our team of experts provides customized guidance in making the right choices to keep people, facilities, and property secure. In addition to security design and engineering, IMEG now offers defense consulting services & training, including comprehensive threat and vulnerability assessments & gap analysis; active shooter response training and workplace violence prevention; situational drills and rehearsals; comprehensive emergency action plan and policy procedures with employee training and specialty services, including high risk terminations; proactive threat assessments; tabletop exercises and business continuity planning.

One Hundred Feet, Inc. - Silver Sponsor (1)

One Hundred Feet, Inc.

One Hundred Feet, Inc. is a venture backed startup located in Palo Alto, California. We are solving one of the hardest problems in the logistics ecosystem - optimizing the last 500 feet of delivery. On demand economy is riddled with this issue, and we are challenging the status-quo by creating new data that has never existed before. Our proprietary models use this data to build optimized routes, cutting down discovery and travel times by over 25%.We collect our data from multiple sources which include data obtained by our driver partners, publicly available data, as well as partnerships with second and third party organizations for their data. We then enrich the data making it accurate and usable. Being a B2B company, we don’t share the data acquired publicly and only share it momentarily based on authenticated and secure pings from our enterprise partners.





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