In Session: Keeping schools safe and secure

In Session is an educational video series to help K-12 administrators make informed decisions about school safety and security. With the help of industry experts, these videos address the challenges facing today’s schools, including security best practices, student mental health and school grants and funding.

What topics do you want to learn about today? Each video is available on-demand so you can watch a few—or the entire series—whenever it's convenient for you.  

Best practices for school security post-pandemic

Hear from a school district in California and a physical security professional. In Session with Ryan Love, MPA, and Paul Timm, PSP, is a conversation about how schools are improving security following the pandemic. Love shares school safety issues in his district and how he strives to keep students safe, and Paul recommends school safety solutions for each layer of the building.

Featured speakers:

  • Paul Timm, PSP, vice president at Facility Engineering Associates
  • Ryan Love, MPA, coordinator of safety and security at Cajon Valley Union School District

Q&A with a school funding expert

Do you have questions about school funding and grants? In Session with Dr. Paula Love has your answers. Known as “The Funding Doctor,” Dr. Love answers questions submitted by schools around the country. She speaks about ESSER funds and the allowable uses, explains how to use grants to improve school safety and more.

Featured speaker:

  • Dr. Paula Love, president and founder, RFPMatch.com

School safety: Advice from a former school security director

Guy Grace has a special perspective on school security, serving as both a security director within a school district as well as an advocate for school safety—plus he’s a parent. In Session with Guy Grace discusses gaps in securing today’s schools, how schools can improve safety with technology and tips for adding new security solutions.

Featured speakers:

  • Guy Grace, unified school safety advocate, PASS Vice Chairman, and retired director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools in Colorado
  • Melany Whalin, K-12 marketing manager at Allegion

Classroom locks vs. door barricades: How to secure classrooms safely

Advocates for safety in schools, In Session with Mark Williams and Lori Greene, DAHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI, is a deep dive into classroom security, looking closely at door barricades. Greene, a long-time code expert, explains the safety risks of classroom barricades, and Williams describes the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools' advice for classroom door security.

Featured speakers:

  • Mark Williams, former chairman of Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)
  • Lori Greene, DAHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI, manager of codes and resources at Allegion

Addressing student mental health in schools

Each of our panelists plays a specific role in the safety and mental health of students. In Session with our expert panel explores the changing landscape of school safety. They discuss how months of social isolation then the return to in-person learning impacted adolescent mental health, as well as the well-being of educators.

Featured speakers:

  • Michele Gay, co-founder and executive director of Safe and Sound Schools
  • Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LCMHC, nationally certified school psychologist and senior advisor at Safe and Sound Schools
  • Paul Timm, PSP, vice president at Facility Engineering Associates
  • (Moderator) Ken Cook, director of national school safety and advocacy at Allegion