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The International School Safety Institute Announces 2019 Conference Designed to Facilitate Improved School Safety Programs; Missy Jenkins-Smith to open conference as keynote speaker

San Diego CA— The International School Safety Institute™ (ISSI) has announced its 2019 Conference will take place in San Diego, California at the Sheraton Tower and Maria Hotel on September 30 – October 2nd. This year’s conference coined Beyond the Edge reflects the climate and culture of school safety and will deliver workshops and general sessions presented by leading voices in school safety education to help improve the design and implementation of the school safety programs and outcomes. The Conference will include peer to peer exchange of information, special guest speakers and resources and tools from exhibitors.

Founded in 2011, the International School Safety Institute has hosted the Conference annually for the last four years to highlight state-of-the-art analysis, training and guidance to maximize school safety, while staying compliant with Federal and State school safety laws. Developed for education administrators and educators, law enforcement personnel and others responsible for implementing safety and security procedures in educational environment, the Conference has consistently pursued an education-first position. The Conference is also open to parents who want to be knowledgeable and be active participants in school safety protocols.

On September 30th, the conference will kick-off with workshops and speakers including Kristen Amicone, Director of Education & Technology for the San Diego Police Foundation, Theresa Campbell and Sam Jingfors of Safer Schools Together and Jeff Kaye of School Safety Operations.  October 1 and October 2 will be comprised of the conference and exhibitor showcase and demonstrations such as window security films, aerial drone surveillance, electronic locks and disaster suppliers and mass notification systems to name a few. Missy Jenkins will serve as the opening day keynote address. Ms. Jenkins was permanently injured in Paducah, Kentucky school shooting. Since that time, Ms. Jenkins has become an author and mother and lives a life of joy in spite of the violence she experienced as a student.

In the last two years, the Conference has experienced 40% growth in audience participation and is on a trajectory to attract 300 plus attendees this year. It has become a valuable resource for sharing school safety and emergency management tools as proactive resource to channel culture and climate issues such as school violence, cyber threats, social media, suicide and teen alcohol and drug use including effects of THC on young brains.

“In today’s educational environment, it is critical that leaders are getting the full culture and climate picture to keep our children safer when under their charge. By attending our conference, district administrators and educators along with law enforcement and parents can access the newest findings from industry experts, emergency training and resources to keep children safer in the classroom,” said Jeff Kaye, president of School Safety Operations. “Our goal is to address all of the known factors by informing the stewards involved in the day-to-day of previous scenarios so they can develop effective school safety programs that keep children safer through knowledge and access to tools and resources.”

Recently, the California Department of Education announced a Classified School Employee Professional Block Grant, that allots $45 million to help educators for professional development for the implementation of school safety programs as set in California Education Code section 32880.


The cost of the Conference is $595 with early bird rate of $495 for paid registrations before March 1st. There is also a group discount for organizations that register three or more attendees. There will be reserved space for credentialed media who want to learn more by attending the Conference. California school districts can request a Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment report to support Conference participation, with funding from the Block Grant.

About International School Safety Institute

The International School Safety Institute has been a leader in school safety education since 2011. The principles are former police and school resources officers and strive to establish an education-first approach conference. The Conference only accepts sponsors and partners who share in our commitment to an education-first philosophy. The Institute is a registered LLC, headquartered in California. For more information on the International School Safety Institute please visit our website at: or call 775-233-8317.

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