School board members, school administrators and others packed the NJSBA School Safety and Security Conference, held at Mercer County Community College on Friday, June 1. Topics covered include cybersecurity, recognizing a school security threat, preparing for lockdown, and more.
A virtual desktop training environment, called the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE), is a group training tool that allows multiple trainees to prepare for security scenarios. The presentation was delivered by Milt Nenneman, manager, and representatives from First Responders Group, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Science and Technology Directorate. Attendees filled the lecture hall at Mercer County Community College for the School Security Conference. “Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook,” alluding to the tragic school shooting in Connecticut in 2012, offered insight and training on school security preparedness. A discussion regarding lessons taken from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy covered issues that confronted school staff, students and first responders. The hope is to lessen the impact of a similar future event in schools. Presenting is Jeff Gale, regional security planner, N.J. Department of Education School Preparedness and Emergency Planning. Attendees at NJSBA’s School Security Conference had the opportunity to engage with security experts and vendors to discuss their districts’ needs. .