Nothing is more important to you as a charter school leader than the safety of your students and staff.  That’s why Texas Charter Schools Conference is featuring a comprehensive Safety and Security seminar.  Here are some of the offerings from national and state experts that will provide important tools to help keep your schools safe and secure:

  • Charter school attorneys Joe Hoffer and Denise Pierce will present Legal Options for Charter School Emergency Operations Plans, Prevention and Post-Incident Response to allow participants to learn about legal options and considerations for addressing school safety and emergency operations and post-incident protocols. 
  • Eric Smith from Marsh Wortham Insurance will present Active Shooter – Are You Ready?  This session, which received rave reviews at the recent national charter school conference, will review lessons learned, how to prepare and respond to an incident, and how to prevent such incidents. Threat Assessment protocols to pinpoint leading indicators of violence, as well as early intervention, counseling and monitoring using best research-based practices to prevent individuals from carrying out attacks will be presented. In addition, discussion will focus on best practices for mainstream and social media communication, medical care and psychological counseling for victims, proper restoration and cleanup, and tort immunity issues. 
  • Tom Kelley, School Safety Specialist with the Texas School Safety Center (TSSC) will present two sessions – Overview of Emergency Operations Planning for Charter Schools in which he will present best practices and potential legislative changes to the requirements for multi-hazard emergency operations planning in charter schools as well as safety and security audits/assessments and reporting with an introduction to the Texas Unified School Safety and Security Standards. In addition Mr. Kelley will present Access Control and Visitor Management in Charter Schools in which he will address challenges schools face in controlling access to facilities, managing visitors, monitoring and assessing safety and security practices. A number of best practices will be discussed to assist charter schools in the development and maintenance of a secure learning environment.
  • Matthew Miraglia, Professor of Homeland Security at Mercy College in New York City, will present Hazard and Threat Management Emergency Communications for Schools. If a hazard, threat or emergency occurs at school it is essential that key school personnel are capable of communicating effectively. School administrators, teachers, security personnel, and other school employees must be able to make appropriate decisions and lead effectively in order to protect everyone entrusted to their care. Safety at school starts with having adequate emergency management communication capabilities.

Have you registered yet?  If not, registration information can be found on the conference website.  There are group discounts available, and one-day passes are available for attendees that might not be able to attend all three days of the conference. 

The TCSA 2018 Conference will the biggest and best yet – register today!