Readout of School Safety Meeting on Creating a Citadel of Learning: New Tools to Secure our Schools, Inside and Out

Readout of School Safety Meeting on Creating a Citadel of Learning: New Tools to Secure our Schools, Inside and Out

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen hosted the fifth Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) meeting on August 16, 2018, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room. The session focused on best practices for school building security, active shooter training for schools and practitioner experience with school-based threat assessment.

On hand with Secretary Nielsen were Commission Chair, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and the two other commission members, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar.

Three panels of experts shared their experiences and offered their insights. Including:

Panel 1: Best Practices for School Building Security

  • Jay Brotman, managing partner, Svigals & Partners and member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Max Schachter, CEO and founder, Safe Schools for Alex

Panel 2: Active Shooter Training for Schools

  • Jarrod Burguan, chief of police, San Bernardino Police Department
  • Chris Fraley, Region 2 director, National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)

Panel 3: Practitioner Experience With School-Based Threat Assessments

  • Donna P. Michaelis, manager, Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, Division of Law Enforcement, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Susan Payne, founder and executive director of Safe2Tell Colorado and Director of Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools