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Hard to believe that after planning, then postponing (#COVID2020!), then taking it virtual, our 2020 National Summit on School Safety finally happened! And what a whirlwind it was with three days of inspiring stories, expert-led presentations, panel discussions, peer-to-peer chats, and the FBI film premier of In the Aftermath!

And just like that, we’re done.

Well, not quite…

Our “Summit On Demand” program is taking off, providing access to Summit content, resources, and more for anyone who couldn’t join—or wants more time to take it all in.

We are deeply grateful to the storytellers, survivors, national-level experts, practitioners, and partners who made this virtual event possible in spite of the pandemic, and at a time when our national school safety community is most in need. The turnout and the feedback from attendees (all 956!) has been incredible.

We are grateful to all of you for joining us and for the work you do to ensure safe and sound schools. It is our honor to share this mission and the legacy of our daughters with each of you!

Check out the highlights or join us via Summit On Demand to support the mission of Safe and Sound Schools!

Michele Gay & Alissa Parker
Co-founders of Safe and Sound Schools


Safe and Sound Schools, in partnership with Region 4 Education Service Center, is proud to announce the inaugural National Summit on School Safety.

Join us March 28-30, 2019, in Houston, Texas, for an intensive and interactive, two-day conference focused on comprehensive school safety. The National Summit on School Safety is ideal for educators, administrators, safety and security professionals, mental and behavioral health practitioners, solution providers, community members, and leaders.

The National Summit on School Safety is designed to provide a hands-on learning experience and will feature national and regional experts such as:

  • CJ Huff, Former Superintendent of Joplin Schools and Special Advisor for Education and Community Leadership to Safe and Sound Schools
  • John Michael Keyes, Founder and Executive Director of I Love U Guys Foundation
  • Frank DeAngelis, Former Columbine Principal and Special Advisor for Education Leadership to Safe and Sound Schools
  • Michele Gay, Co-founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools
  • Alissa Parker, Co-founder and Director of Safe and Sound Schools

With deep-dive breakout sessions, workshops, leadership round tables, inspirational keynotes, and dedicated networking, attendees will add to their school safety toolbox to better meet their community’s school safety needs. Conference sessions will cover the six key components of our Framework for Comprehensive School Safety Planning and Development:

  • Physical Environment
  • Operations and Emergency Management
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Culture, Climate, and Community
  • School Law, Policy and Finance

Stay tuned for updates on more speakers, sponsors, and the summit agenda. To keep up with all things Safe and Sound, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. And to keep up with Region 4 Education Service Center, like them on Facebook and follow them Twitter.


Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Rania Mankarious at raniamankarious@me.com.


  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Meet & Greet
  • Friday, March 29, 2019 – 7:30 am – 4:30 pm: Keynote Speakers & Breakout Session
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm: Leadership Forum & Closing


Join us at the Region 4 Education Service Center: 7145 W Tidwell Rd, Houston, TX 77092


Early bird tickets are available through December 31, 2018. Register with our partner, Region 4 Education Service Center.

See you there!