Readout of Federal Commission on School Safety's Field Visit on Best Practices for School Building Safety

Readout of Federal Commission on School Safety's Field Visit on Best Practices for School Building Safety

August 23, 2018

The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) held its fourth field visit on August 23, 2018 at the Miley Achievement Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Department of Homeland Security facilitated the visit to gain more insights into what schools can do to enhance their security through various preventive and protective activities. Commission member Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen led the session. The Department of Education was represented by Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The Department of Justice was represented by Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams. The Department of Health and Human Services was represented by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Arne Owens.

"Today we'd like to look at best practices in terms of building security in and we have some experts to talk to us about that as well as best practices for school safety—both physical access control and mass communication," Secretary Nielsen said in her opening remarks.

The Commission field visit consisted of a school tour and three panels:

Overview Panel

  • Dr. Diane Gullett, Deputy Superintendent, Clark County School District
  • Joanne Vattiato, Principal, Miley Achievement Center
  • Richard "Dick" Chase, President, ASIS

Panel 1: Local Law Enforcement Perspective on School Building Security

  • James Ketsaa, Chief of Police, Clark County School District
  • Tim Troyer, Sheriff, Steuben County, Indiana and President, Indiana Sheriff's Association

Panel 2: Best Practices for School Building Security

  • Paul Timm, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates
  • Russell Davidson, Managing Principal and President, KG+D Architects and former President of the American Institute of Architects