Sandy Hook Lessons Learned Meeting
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National Institute of Building Sciences works with U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) on their School Safety Program

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: 1120 Vermont Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Conference Rooms A, B & C
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Roger Grant
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As is known, the tragic event that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School greatly moved our nation and showed us the need to better prepare our schools for a whole series of undesirable events. Within this context, the Resilient System Division (RSD) has been working closely with the State of Connecticut and has testified for both the Sandy Hook Commission and the School Safety Infrastructure Council (SSIC), which was formed by the Connecticut Congress to set standards for assessing schools for security risks in light of the Sandy Hook shooting incident.Currently, RSD is collaborating with the SSIC to prepare a risk assessment tool that meets the needs of the educational system; develop guidance that helps the design community to design and build better schools; and set threshold requirement scores that all school’s should meet to ensure a safe environment for students and teachers. This effort is also being supported by the Katy Independent School District in Texas.

Twelve people from the SSIC and Katy ISD will be visiting DHS on Nov. 14 and 15 to share their needs and views with us and to continue work on the school design requirements and assessment methodology. Standards adopted by the SSIC may have the opportunity to be quickly adopted nationwide.

The Agenda of this meeting where we will hear directly from members of the delegation is as follows:

2:00 - 2:15 Welcome Remarks

2:15 – 2:25 Introductions of the Connecticut and Texas Delegations


Selected members of the Connecticut delegation provide information and perspectives on efforts underway to improve school safety in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook disaster


Members of the Texas Delegation will address major school safety concerns and response to school emergencies

3:35 – 3:45 DHS/Science and Technology/Resilient Systems Division

DHS High Performance Resilience Program Manager will provide an overview of the school safety project

3:45 – 4:00 Q&A

4:00 Adjourn

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